Published by Quercus


‘A tender, creepy and gripping tale’ Sunday Times

‘Graceful writing, sharply observed characters . . . wonderfully atmospheric’ Guardian

‘Tense, perceptive and meticulously plotted – an intelligent exploration of privilege, belonging, grief and parental responsibility’ Observer

‘Spellbinding and spooky. . . superbly absorbing’ Sunday Mirror

‘A rare thing . . . Simply stunning’ Daily Express

‘Grown-up and cleverly written . . .a dizzying sense of uncertainty’ Literary Review

‘Excellent . . . hard to put down’  Daily Mail

‘Keeps you guessing. . .a real sense of menace’  Good Housekeeping

‘Dramatically delves into what it means to be family and how terrible this bond can be’ Woman & Home 

‘It is a long time since I have enjoyed a book as thoroughly as I enjoyed Magpie Lane, which reminded me variously of Iris Murdoch, Ruth Rendell, Donna Tartt and Daphne du Maurier. It was an utter joy to relish Atkins’s wonderfully skilled and unobtrustive writing’ Sarah Perry

‘Deliciously dark – keeps flipping your certainties on their head from start to finish’ Alexandra Shulman 

‘A sinewy, supple and gorgeously satisfying triumph’ Lucy Mangan

‘Full of hidden chambers, and some of them are haunted . . .Part thriller, part love story, wholly beguiling’  Mick Herron

‘I’d lost my reading mojo when I started Magpie Lane but I was gripped virtually straight away. . . pleasurably bamboozled, moved and caught up in a highly original story’ Alex Clark

‘One of the most intriguing narrators since Notes on a Scandal – I loved it!’ Sarah Collins

‘Clever and Creepy, twisty yet tender. Magpie Lane will have you hearing footsteps overhead in an empty house. I loved it’ Erin Kelly

‘Clever, tense and as twisty as an Oxford back street’ Amanda Craig

‘That rare thing: a thriller that warms your heart even as it chills your spine. I adored it on so many levels – the page-turning tension, the emotional depth of the central relationship. Simply brilliant! JP Delaney



When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.

As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

Roaming Oxford’s secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family – and what it is to be denied one.

‘I fell hard for the beautiful writing and ghostly mood of Magpie Lane. Dee, a riveting Russian doll of a character, had me in her thrall from start to finish. Highly recommended’ Louise Candlish

‘Darkly atmospheric, Magpie Lane will grip you from the first page and refuse to let you go’  Jane Fallon

‘Highly intelligent . . .I loved it!’ Sarah Vaughan

‘The most sublime book I’ve read since Apple Tree Yard. . . masterful writing from an experienced hand. I’ll be gushing about this for a while’ Jo Spain

‘So clever and different. I raced through for the reveal but also the spookiness, the characters and the wonderful love story’ Sabine Durrant

Intricate, intelligent, and immensely satisfying, and with a deliciously spooky edge. It really is first-class Oxford intrigue’ Cara Hunter

 ‘Spellbindingly brilliant. Lucy Atkins is an extraordinary writer; I shall be thinking about this story for a long time. A contender for my Book of the Year’  Sarah Hilary 

Magpie Lane is stunning, with an unforgettable narrative voice, brilliant evocation of the setting and a chilling, totally gripping story. It is everything I love in a novel’ Jane Casey

‘Wow. I put my life on hold whilst I read this novel. An eerie and compelling story, beautifully crafted and darkly atmospheric with characters who infiltrate your every thought. I couldn’t put it down and I’m buying it for everyone I know’ Freya North



The Night Visitor

Published by Quercus

Night Visitor PB final imageA tense and mesmerising novel about ambition, morality and deception, The Night Visitor asks: how far would you go to save your reputation?

‘A gripping, Rendellesque read’ Mick Herron

As high-flying TV presenter and historian Professor Olivia Sweetman stands before an adoring crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out she’ll lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward housekeeper of a Sussex manor who has become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. But Vivian has her own secrets…

Now out in paperback. Buy THE NIGHT VISITOR now from your local bookseller or  here: Waterstones WH Smith  

Picked as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018 

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Praise for The Night Visitor

‘A complex, creepy and insidious novel’ The Guardian

‘Utterly gripping’ The Literary Review

‘Sinister, utterly compulsive…will keep your pulse racing until its dramatic denouement’ Red magazine

‘Dripping with suspense, violence, and a bit of the supernatural, this psychological thriller fits alongside the works of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn’ Library Journal Best Books of 2018 (USA)

‘Rich characterization…an alarmingly plausible rags-to-riches tale’ Sunday Times

‘An absolute cracker…Fantastic!’ Sunday Mirror

‘A clever, read-in-one sitting completely compulsive novel. Five stars.’ Metro

‘Fabulously dark, deception filled’ Woman & Home

‘A fascinating, brilliant, creepy, intelligent novel’ Good Housekeeping

‘Enjoyably creepy’ Sunday Express

‘Brilliantly will relish every page. Fantastic.’ The People

‘Bone-chillingly good’ Boundless Magazine

I read this book in one sitting… Keeps you gripped from the very first page’ Psychologies

‘Lucy Atkins is, quite frankly, a genius’  – Joanna Cannon

‘The tension is immediate and unrelenting; the sense of unease palpable. Deceptive on every level’  – Mick Herron

‘Truly sensational! Such a sophisticated, layered read, I absolutely revelled in it…The moment I finished, I wanted to read it all over again’  –  Clare Mackintosh

‘Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant. There will be beetle mania’  – Fiona Barton

‘Thrillingly creepy and darkly funny… brilliant plotting and characters that crackle off the page. A ‘cannot tear yourself away’ novel.’ – Kate Hamer

‘Wonderfully creepy, in that clever way that is tied in with character, as much as plot and setting… just ingenious’ – Sabine Durrant

‘Addictive and intricately plotted…I devoured it and I loved it’  – Hannah Beckerman

‘Vivian is one of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I’ve ever read…readers who enjoyed Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller will adore it’ – CL Taylor

‘Put me in mind of Misery, and Rebecca. Splendidly tense, creepy and enjoyable.” – Sarah Hilary

‘Clever, multilayered and morally murky. I read it with a delicious sense of dread’ – Tammy Cohen

‘Characters so real you could reach out and touch them. Absorbing, exciting and full of rich detail – snap this one up!’  – Lucie Whitehouse

‘Crackles with undercurrents of mistrust and menace….an unnerving tale of ambition and revenge. Brilliant.’  – Amanda Jennings

‘This thrilling tale…felt alarmingly close to home…the sort of book you think about even when not reading, and stay up far later than you should to finish. Atkins is a master of suspense; she creates characters that you feel like you’ve met, and situations you never want to be in. Completely wonderful.’ – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb

‘Elegantly written with a rollercoaster of twists and turns…creepy echoes of Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal ‘ – Elizabeth Heathcote

‘Clever, complex and compelling right up to that completely unexpected twist.’  – Fanny Blake

‘The character of Vivian Tester is so skilfully crafted that I believed in her completely. A character doesn’t have to be likeable but does have to be alive – and boy does Vivian come to life.  Beautifully crafted, unsettling and utterly unputdownable.’  – Nuala Ellwood

The Other Child

Published by Quercus, 2015

Taut, tense, and beautifully written. I held my breath between chapters and didn’t sleep until I reached the end‘  

 Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go 

In just a few months British photographer Tess has married Greg, an American paediatric heart surgeon, become pregnant and relocated, with her eight year old son, to Boston, USA.

But although she loves Greg deeply, his job is demanding and ex-pat life in an affluent American suburb turns out to be more isolating than she’d anticipated.

Joe is unsettled, someone is sending accusatory notes to the house, and Tess is sure that the figure she sees in the leafy street is watching her. Then, as the fierce Boston winter closes in and her baby’s birth looms she makes a jaw-dropping discovery that threatens everything.

The Other Child is an acclaimed ‘devour in-one-sitting’ second novel about the power of past family traumas. It was a Woman & Home Magazine book club pick.  Try a FREE extract 

Buy The Other Child in paperback here, Kindle here or Audiobook here

Praise for The Other Child 

‘Addictive…a pace so relentless that you’ll want to inhale this novel in one uninterrupted sitting’   The Sunday Times

‘Atmospheric and packed with suspense, kept me on edge from start to finish’   Woman & Home Magazine

‘Lucy Atkins does characterisation very well: her characters speak as real people speak, and behave as real people behave’   The Independent

‘An elegantly written page-turner which pulled me in from the start and held its grip until the final page’    Renee Knight, Disclaimer  

‘Seriously gripping, seriously scary and seriously brilliant….I absolutely loved this novel…I read it in terror and fascination’   Claire Kendal,  The Book of You

‘Truly unnerving. The neck-prickling suspense starts on the very first page, building and building until I wanted to get in the car and drive to Boston to rescue Tess and Joe myself…. Not just one-more-page gripping but perceptive and beautifully written’   Lucie Whitehouse, Before We Met

‘ I read it in one sitting….brilliant at ramping up the tension so that there is no putting it down until the end’   Polly Samson, The Kindness.

‘Dark, unsettling, and at times genuinely chilling, this compelling tale will keep you up half the night, racing to get to the end’   Karen Perry,  The Boy That Never Was

‘Beautifully plotted with rich, deftly drawn characters…unfolds in lyric, atmospheric prose’    Priya Parmar, Vanessa and her Sister.


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The Missing One by Lucy Atkins

The Missing One

Published by Quercus, 2014

”A gripping page-turner’

The Sunday Times


Kal’s mother, Elena, an American artist, always refused to talk about the past. When she dies Kal is distraught: what happened to her mother all those years ago? Why was she so closed and secretive?

Kal tracks down Susannah Gillespie, Elena’s old friend who runs a gallery on a tiny British Columbian island, a place of killer whales and storms. Desperate for answers, she takes her toddler, Finn, and gets on a plane.

As a winter weather front shuts down Susannah’s island, Kal struggles to piece together what happened between the two women back in the 1970s.

The powerful and enigmatic Susannah, meanwhile, is becoming worryingly preoccupied with little Finn….


The Missing One is the bestselling debut about grief, loss and the overpowering love of a mother for her child.  Buy the book, buy the Kindle book or buy the audiobook 


Praise for The Missing One:

‘A brilliant page turner that explores how we connect to our families – and what happens when it goes horribly wrong.’ Psychologies Magazine (chosen as its first Book Club pick)

‘A moving and suspenseful tale of the secrets a family keeps’  Rachel Hore, author of The Silent Tide (and other bestselling novels).

‘A page-turning and suspenseful tale…I read it in three sittings…a compelling emotional mystery’  Lucy Clarke, author of The Sea Sisters, Richard & Judy book club pick.

‘Beautifully written and compelling…a wonderful thriller that is also such a strong portrayal of motherhood’  Sabine Durrant, author of  Under Your Skin

‘Sinister, suspenseful and a great sense of place. It races along, as a family history is unpicked…’  Fanny Blake, author of The Secrets Women Keep.

‘A wonderful tale, well told, one that may leave you slightly overwrought in the best way possible, and one that I would highly recommend.’ Liz Barnsley, blogger, Liz Loves Books, Goodreads 5* review.

‘A gripping thriller about dark family secrets, the desperate need for truth, and the bonds between mother and child,’ Isobel Kay, Goodreads 5* review.

Creepy and tense, this novel is brilliantly gripping’ Closer magazine


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