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Emily Barr



Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of Backpack, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband (whom she met backpacking) have settled in Cornwall with their three children. You can learn more about Emily and her novels by visiting her website www.emilybarr.com.
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Blackout (Quick Reads 2014)

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

You wake up in Paris. No money. No memory. No Child...Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr's chilling Quick Read Blackout is nail-bitingly good. The perfect read for fans of Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. You wake up in a strange room, with no idea how you got there.You are abroad, in a city you have never visited before.You have no money, no passport, no phone.And there is no sign of your baby.What do you do?What readers are saying about Blackout:'Super little mystery that had me stumped for most of it''The underlying story is one of substance, both clever and sad - a story that doesn't disappoint' 'Fast-paced, gripping read with lots of unexpected turns'

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The Sleeper: Two strangers meet on a train. Only one gets off

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

Two strangers meet on a train. Only one gets off...Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr presents The Sleeper, a shocking psychological thriller where infidelity puts Lara in great danger. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Sophie Hannah. 'One brilliantly compelling page-turner' - Closer Lara Finch is living a lie...Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair.When Lara vanishes from the night train without leaving a trace, only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her. For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she's ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets.For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her...What readers are saying about The Sleeper:'You become so enthralled and hooked that you cannot possibly put the book down until you have reached its conclusion''Spell-binding''A fantastic thriller that kept me awake for hours and is still playing in my head like a movie'

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Stranded

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

'A real page-turner with a plot twist worthy of Lost' - Cosmopolitan Bruised from the breakdown of her marriage, Esther Lomax needs to get away, and Malaysia's unspoilt shores seem the perfect place. But a day's boat trip takes a desperate turn when Esther and six other holidaymakers are taken to a desert island and their guide does not return. The group have no way of getting back to the mainland and know nothing about each other. As the days pass, tensions erupt, secrets emerge and time increasingly runs out, and Esther must ask herself the ultimate question: will she leave the island alive?What readers are saying about Stranded:'A brilliant book - Emily Barr at her best' 'I lost a good night's sleep as I really had to keep reading''A superb novel with a sinister twist'

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The Life You Want

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr
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The First Wife

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

What if the man you love isn't the man you think he is? Escape to Barcelona with this tense, unputdownable novel from Emily Barr with shades of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. Perfect for fans of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah. 'We can't praise Emily Barr's novels enough; they're fresh, original and hugely readable' - Glamour Lily, a young woman left alone in the world on the death of her grandparents, finds purpose when she befriends Harry Summers, a grieving widower, whose wife Sarah recently took her own life in Barcelona. The pair fall in love and Lily finally finds the security she has never had. But Lily's life takes a darker turn when she realises there may be more to Sarah's death than meets the eye. Anxious to find the truth before she marries her beloved Harry, Lily sets off to Barcelona in search of answers. What she discovers is more shocking than she could ever have imagined...What readers are saying about The First Wife:'I recommend this to anyone who loves a twist in the tale''A very believable story that grips you from the very first page and keeps its hooks in you right to the end''The First Wife is modern, with a really strong sense of location and a very dark core. Gripping and moving in equal measure - highly recommended'

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Plan B

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

The perfect couple. The perfect French farmhouse. Plan A is the perfect life. But then there's Plan B...Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr transports readers to the South of France for an emotional story of isolation and betrayal. Plan B will enthral fans of Adele Parks and Lisa Jewell. 'Plan B is well written, with enough emotional ups and downs and plot twists to keep you reading until the not-so-bitter end' - Observer Emma adores living in Brighton, but she loves Matt more. When he suggests they buy the perfect farmhouse in the South of France, she reluctantly agrees, even though he continues commuting to London while she looks after their daughter and the builders. But France is not the idyll he promised, and when she discovers the true reason he spends half his time in London the foundations on which she's built her life start to crumble...What readers are saying about Plan B:'Barr tells the story with her usual eye for detail which is what I love about the way she writes' 'The most moving of all her books with characters I loved so much I didn't want it to end''Fantastic book - couldn't put it down!'

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Atlantic Shift

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

Is it really necessary to go halfway round the world to find the real you?Bestselling author Emily Barr transports readers to New York City in Atlantic Shift as world-famous Evie attempts to start a new life for herself. The perfect read for fans of Dorothy Koomson and Lisa Jewell.'Superb characterisation and edgy style' - Glasgow Daily RecordGorgeous, world-famous cellist Evie Silverman is classicalite through and through. Real musicians despise her. Her talent has been promoted way beyond its value because - apparently - everyone loves a blonde girl in lipstick who can do interesting things between her thighs. She's played for the President of the United States. She's played at No. 10 Downing Street. And tonight she's playing for Royalty. But tonight she's also going to change her life. Tonight she's going to leave her husband. Tonight, for the first time in fifteen years, she's going to stand on her own two feet. For tomorrow begins her new life - starting with a trip to New York. It all too soon becomes apparent that breaking the rules - and escaping from your past - isn't what it's cracked up to be...What readers are saying about Atlantic Shift:'A real page-turner''The story of figuring out what's important in life is really relatable''Gripping story with a fantastic twist'

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Baggage

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr
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The Sisterhood

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

We all have a dark side...Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr grips readers with her witty and wicked thriller The Sisterhood. The perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell and Adele Parks. 'One brilliantly compelling page-turner' - Closer Elizabeth Greene is devastated when her boyfriend of ten years leaves her for someone else. After a night of drowning her sorrows leads to an unexpected one-night stand, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and vulnerable. Helen has just discovered she has a sister she didn't know she had. Bored with her privileged life in France and driven by a need to gain her parents' approval, Helen sets out to find her sister and reunite her with her long-lost mother. When her search leads her to Elizabeth the two women become closely linked. But their connection to one another is founded on a dark deception, with the truth having extreme consequences...What readers are saying about The Sisterhood:'Eerie and suspenseful, the timing is perfect and the pages are turned ever-faster as the story reaches it's very unexpected conclusion''Witty and dark and impossible to put down''Utterly absorbing and creepily enjoyable'

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Out of my Depth

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

When old school friends get together it's supposed to be a laugh - but not when you've got something to hide...Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr digs up the past for four school friends when they reunite in France. Out of my Depth is a tale of friends and 'frenemies' with dark secrets - perfect for fans of Sam Baker and Samantha Hayes. 'Sleep-sabotagingly moreish' - Cosmopolitan When Susie decides to invite her old school friends for a reunion she tells herself that it's just about showing off. It's about letting Amanda, Izzy and Tamsin, see how well she's done, with her successful career as an artist, her gorgeous house in France, her deliciously louche boyfriend. But the truth is that this is a dark plan. A plan that could make or break her seemingly perfect life...and she knows it. As the old friends gather at Susie's for a long weekend of catching up and comparisons, it is clear that despite their lives having taken very different turns, they are all still haunted by a dark and common past. They each know that up until now they have been treading water -- waiting for the inevitable moment when they have to face the truth. The question is, now that the time has come, who will sink and who will swim?What readers are saying about Out of my Depth:'Another fantastic read from a fantastic author''Barr's clever plotting and observant descriptions mean that you easily get involved in the lives of everyone in the book''Takes some very unexpected twists and turns'

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Cuban Heels

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr
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Backpack

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

Sometimes travelling alone can be murder...Emily Barr transports readers to a sinister, dangerous South East Asia in Backpack. Escaping the downward spiral of her London life, Tansy gets more adventure than she bargained for. The perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell and Adele Parks. 'Barr's debut comes as a blast of fresh air' - Sunday ExpressTansy has to escape from her London life. She's desperate to get away from her media job, her coke habit, her dead mother and her selfish boyfriend. But she finds travelling through Asia more smelly than romantic and, besides, she's missing her boyfriend. However she is determined not to give in, give up or go home. As she travels further east she begins to enjoy her journey - until murder starts to follow her and the trip becomes much more adventurous than she had anticipated.What readers are saying about Backpack:'A deep and thoughtful exploration of two journeys - psychological and literal''Fantastically written, there are many observations that ring true to anyone who's ever been globetrotting. Add a chilling thriller into the equation and you've got one mind-blowing read' 'A page-turningly good plot, with an intelligent viewpoint on travellers, politics and human relationships'

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The Perfect Lie

Emily Barr
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Emily Barr

Ever needed to disappear?Critically acclaimed author Emily Barr transports readers to Venice for a dark journey as Lucy escapes her dangerous past. The Perfect Lie will enthral fans of Lucy Atkins and Paula Daly.'One of the most compelling page-turners around' - B Magazine For Lucy Riddick, Venice has always been the dream destination. A dream inspired by the pretty picture pinned to her mother's kitchen wall. To Lucy, Venice seems the ideal place to lose herself. And now she needs to do just that. The secret she's been keeping from her boyfriend and her friends has finally caught up with her and Lucy needs to disappear - and fast. There's no better time to pack her bags and head for Italy. But what if, when she sets foot in Venice, Lucy finds that the one thing she has been running from, the one thing she has been trying to escape, is already there, lying in wait for her? Time to run away again? Or time to end the chase, once and for all?What readers are saying about The Perfect Lie:'Gripped me from start to finish''Emily Barr has the knack of portraying settings vividly and makes you feel as if you are there. A great escapist read!''Amazing, incredibly written, fascinating and truly addictive'