Hide And Seek


Hide And Seek, published August 2022:


The game of hide and seek is over, everyone has gone home, but little Lily Murphy hasn’t been found. Her parents search the woods and tell themselves that the worst hasn’t happened – but deep down they know this peaceful Dublin suburb will never be the same again.


Years later, Joanna moves into a new house. It seems perfect in every way, until she learns that this was once Lily Murphy’s home. From that moment onwards, a sense of dread seems to follow her from room to room.


As Joanna unravels the secrets at the heart of this close-knit community, her own dark past begins to resurface. Because she thinks she knows what really happened to Lily – and if the truth gets out, it might be her undoing…


Available to pre-order from Dubray, Eason, Waterstones, Amazon, Kobo, Bookstation, Book Depository and many more bookshops.

Praise for Hide And Seek:

‘Next-level domestic suspense – even the twists have twists. I loved it – Andrea Mara is a star.’ ― Lee Child

‘A relentless, twisting page-turner, Hide and Seek delves deeply into every parent’s worst nightmare. A first-class thriller.’ – Chris Whitaker

‘Mara knows how to take every parent’s worst nightmares and turn them into top-class page turners. She expertly ratchets up the tension in this single-sitting read, a nerve-shredder that will have you guessing right until the final unexpected twist.’ ― Ellery Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of The Club

‘I loved Hide and Seek by Andrea Mara! Original, clever, and unputdownable, it ticks every crime thriller box for me and then some! I couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what happened next as the gripping, clever plot twists and turns its way to a dramatic denouement. Andrea is an author to watch and I can’t wait to read her next.’ – Sarah Pearse, author of number one bestseller The Sanatorium 

‘Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed Hide and Seek. It’s a real page turner. Expertly crafted characters and plot, with an engaging mystery at its heart, and that twist at the end! Brilliant.’ ― Patricia Gibney, multi-million-copy bestselling author of the Lottie Parker series

‘Twisty, propulsive and unsettling, with a plot I wish I’d thought of myself.’ – Catherine Ryan Howard

‘Complex, layered, sneaky & beautifully woven darkness. Creeps up behind you then let’s you have it. Fab-u-lous!’ – Helen Fields

‘Andrea Mara’s Hide and Seek is a must read for psychological thriller fans. Well-drawn, intriguing characters and a twisty, gripping plot will keep you reading well into the night. A real page-turner.’ ― Olivia Kiernan

‘What a fabulously twisty tale – really clever, and with one of the most satisfying and believable endings I’ve read for a while.’ ― Emma Curtis

‘An absolutely gripping read. Andrea Mara’s compelling, complex characters could be living next door in this twisty tale of utterly unexpected family secrets –  watch out for Mara’s trademark sting in the tail.’ – Sam Blake, author of Remember My Name

 ‘The latest from Andrea Mara chilled me to my core. An outrageous amount of twists and turns, you will love it!’ – Sarah Breen, co-author of the Aisling books

‘Andrea Mara has perfected her own south Dublin version of domestic noir where secrets are buried under manicured lawns and expensively paved patios. In Mara’s world no one, from the babysitter to the new neighbour to the smiling guests at a garden drinks party can be considered above suspicion.’ – Sinéad Crowley, author of the Belladonna Maze

Praise from Net Galley readers for Hide And Seek: 

‘Andrea Mara is the Queen of the Unexpected Twist. Not to mention excelling in creating an attention-grabbing hook to ensure that the reader’s attention is ‘hooked’ from the opening page…’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘I loved, loved, LOVED this book! A fast-paced thriller with twists that you never see coming!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Andrea Mara has done it again, bringing a sense of dread and suspense to any parent who flicks though her books…!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘I loved this book. From the very first page I was gripped by a fast paced & gripping storyline. This is excellently written & has plenty of twists and turns. Not to be missed!’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘Wow, I absolutely bloody loved this extremely well-written, cleverly plotted mystery/thriller that had me hooked in and captivated from the spine-chilling opening sentence right through to the satisfying concluding dash of poetic justice.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Ihonestly think it’s her best book yet. From the very start I was completely gripped by the story, and I couldn’t put this book down. This is an unputdownable crime thriller thick with suspense and intrigue. A massive 5?? read for me.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

‘This was for me perhaps her best thriller yet.’ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Reviews and Interviews:

The Guardian / Observer Best crime reads roundup: ‘I raced through this at high speed, enjoying the ride through Mara’s twists and turns.’

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