Welcome to my website and blog. I'm a psychological suspense author published by Darkstroke Books. My latest novel The Girl in the Van w as published in March 2022 and is available from Amazon. It's a chilling page-turner described by a reader as : "an intriguing premise and complex characters, moves at a good pace throughout, and touches on serious and complex themes including individual grief and vulnerability, as well as societal responsibilities towards the disadvantaged and dispossessed. It manages to be both thought-provoking and thrilling. No mean feat!"

My previous novel 'Facade' is family noir and is available now in paperback and ebook formats.
I'm the author of 'Lies Behind the Ruin' (domestic noir set in France) and prize-winning suspense thriller 'After Leaving the Village' published by Hashtag Press. A second edition of this book will be published later this year under a new title. Watch out for updates on this website.

You can order my books from the shop on this website, from all good bookshops including Foyles and Waterstones. Ebooks are available from Amazon.

Did you know I'm an ambassador for Unseen, an inspirational charity working towards a world without slavery? To raise awareness of their work, I've written about it on my blog and I give talks to groups about modern slavery. I also donate a percentage of profits from my books to Unseen so when you buy my novels you are helping to support their work and raise awareness.


Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her debut novel 'After Leaving the Village' ​won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers' Festival and was published in October 2017. Her second novel 'Lies Behind the Ruin' - contemporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France, was published in April 2019. Her latest novel 'Facade' was published by Darkstroke Books. A fourth book is in progress. Her short stories have been shortlisted by Flash 500, 1000K Story and published in Artificium; in the Reflex Press anthology 'The Real Jazz Baby'; in EllipsisZine and in Love Sunday magazine. She has published an eBook collection of stories and travel writing 'Brief Encounters' and this is available on Amazon. Helen regularly gives talks and appears at events and literary festivals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.

My Writing Places

I carry a notebook with me everywhere to scribble down ideas. When the weather's fine I love to work outside. Here are some of the inspirational places where I've set up my laptop.

Gladstone's Library


"Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you but I have to go; this is my station." Lisa St. Aubin deTeran.


Small Eden by Jane Davis - publication day post


Guest post from Anna Legat, author of Broken


The Girl in the Van - the Welsh Connection

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