We are so excited to share that The Lying Club, the page-turning second novel by Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad, publishes in US hardback today (HarperCollins / Park Row). Set in a world of vast ranches, chalet-style apartments and mountain mansions, The Lying Club is an explosive thriller of revenge, murder and a shocking conspiracy. We cannot wait for US readers to get their hands on a copy!
Beautiful Bad published in 2019 to critical acclaim, and was nominated for Best Debut Novel by the 11th Annual Strand Magazine Critics Awards. In the run-up to publication, The Lying Club was featured in Inside Soap’s Hot List (March 2022) and Cosmopolitan’s ‘Best New Book Releases’, where it was described as a ‘juicy revenge thriller’. Annie also wrote a wonderful guest blog post for SHOTS Crime Blog, talking about her creative process and the concept of ‘writing what you know’.
The Lying Club has prompted incredible reviews so far, with critics commenting on the ‘compelling energy’ and ‘originality’ of Annie’s latest novel. Read a small selection of the reviews below:
‘Annie Ward has done it again! The Lying Club is a stunning whodunnit that will keep readers captivated until its final page. Ward has created characters so real you’ll feel like you’re a member of their dark and twisted world where everyone is a suspect, and everyone has a motive. The Lying Club is an edgy, addictive read about the lengths people go to in the name of love, no matter the consequences.’ Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
‘Layers of deceit and intrigue explosively unravel at an elite private school in this dark and compelling must-read. A master of misdirection, Ward takes the reader on a continual roller coaster ride with one shocking twist after another.’ Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Stranger in the Mirror
‘Annie Ward ratchets up the tension in this tantalizing story of jealousy, privilege, lies and murder. With breakneck pacing and one shocking revelation after the next, The Lying Club will absolutely wow readers of domestic suspense.’ Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing
‘Dark and disturbing…This book will likely appeal to readers who enjoy stories ripped from current headlines as well as to fans of Megan Abbott, Layne Fargo, Elizabeth Thomas, and Christopher Yates.’ Booklist
‘If you loved Big Little Lies & Little Fires Everywhere, allow me to introduce you to your next obsession. Wildly addictive, smart, and chilling, The Lying Club by Annie Ward will have you on the edge of your seat, guessing until the very last page.’ Kim Liggett, New York Times bestselling author of The Grace Year
‘The Lying Club is another dark, twisty and expertly-plotted thriller by Annie Ward. Tension and intrigue bubble beneath the surface in the unique setting. I could barely turn the pages fast enough, eager to unravel the clever and brilliantly-written mystery.’ Karen Hamilton, International bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend
‘Annie Ward’s The Lying Club paints a frightening picture of a toxic prep school shrouded in layers of manipulation and secrecy…You will not be able to put it down.’ Mary Dixie Carter, author of The Photographer
Welcome to the world of The Falcon Academy…
At an elite private school nestled in the Colorado mountains, Natalie, an office assistant, dreams of having a life like the school moms she deals with every day. Women like Brooke—a gorgeous heiress, ferociously loving mother and serial cheater—and Asha, an overprotective mom who suspects her husband of having an affair. Their fates are bound by the handsome assistant athletic director Nicholas, whom Natalie loves, Brooke wants and Asha needs.
But when two bodies are carried out of the school one morning, it seems the tension between mothers and daughters, rival lovers, and the haves and have-nots has shattered the surface of this isolated, affluent town—where people stop at nothing to get what they want.
Congratulations, Annie! US readers can buy their copies of The Lying Club here.