Annie Ward


Annie Ward has a BA in English Lit from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starred Adam Scott and won awards at Aspen and Sundance Film Festivals. Ward lives in Kansas with her two sons and husband, who she met in the Balkans.



Ward writes with the same compelling energy as you get in a blockbuster Netflix series. The original storyline and the expertly drawn minor characters will leave you suspecting everyone – and trusting no one.

Daily Mail

Readers need to be off-the-charts clever to figure out who’s going to kill whom in this disturbing first novel by the American writer Annie Ward.

The Toronto Star

Utterly gripping and thrillingly original – I loved the unique settings. Cannot recommend this book highly enough

Karen Hamilton
author of The Perfect Girlfriend

Beautiful Bad is beautifully written, beautifully twisty – and beautifully twisted. A dark thriller with real psychological depth.

JP Delaney
author of The Girl Before

I loved this book! The various settings were really evocative, and the narrators kept me guessing all the way along. I love how she used broad strokes to show relationships so that you weren't quite sure who to sympathise with. The book is a total page turner; it’s dark and disturbing, and the ending will have readers gasping. I’ve not a doubt it’s going to be a hit worldwide.

Mel Sherratt
author of Taunting the Dead

You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the page. With fascinating characters that chill and horrify, the ending will leave you staggered.

Liv Constantine
author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrish

As imaginatively constructed as it is compelling. Filled with unexpected twists, BEAUTIFUL BAD is a riveting read.

Sarah Pekkanen
New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us

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