Helen
Matthews
Writer

Welcome to my website and blog. I'm a psychological suspense author published by Darkstroke Books. My novel Girl Out of Sight came out on 4 October. It's a dark and gritty suspense thriller with a theme of human trafficking and is a second edition of prize-winning After Leaving the Village.  Earlier this year The Girl in the Van was published and I'm thrilled to announce it's been shortlisted in the 2022 Pageturner Book Award. This chilling page-turner was described by a reader as: "an intriguing premise with 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!"
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About

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 previous novel 'Facade' is family noir and is available 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.' A second edition of this book has been published under the title Girl Out of Sight.

You can order my books from the shop on this website and 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.

About

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 latest novels, both published in 2022, are Girl Out of Sight and The Girl in the Van, (shortlisted in the Pageturner Book Award) published by Darkstroke Books. Earlier novels include 'After Leaving the Village' ​which won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers' Festival; 'Lies Behind the Ruin' - contemporary suspense and domestic noir, set in France and 'Facade' published by Darkstroke Books. A fifth 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
France

Blog

"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.

4/10/2022

Girl Out of Sight: A Tale of Two Covers

30/4/2022

Small Eden by Jane Davis - publication day post

20/4/2022

Guest post from Anna Legat, author of Broken

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