The Ideal Wife (UK) / Beautiful Bad (US)


Mystery / Suspense

UK Publication

Hachette / Quercus, January 2019

US Publication

HarperCollins / Park Row, January 2019

TV & Film


Press & reviews

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

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.”

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…”

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

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

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.”

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…”