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She acts like she's your new best friend, but is she really a deadly enemy?

When Isabel nearly runs over mysterious Alicia, she is ridden with guilt. She helps Alicia get a job at the supermarket where she works and soon, Alicia is acting like her new best friend.  Then fires break out all over town and she suspects Alicia knows more than she's letting on, but it’s Isabel the police want to question. In order to survive, she must question her own innocence, her sanity and the very fabric of her morality.

FRY is a very British psychological thriller.'s Best Indie Books of 2013


Angel dust


It's every parent's worst nightmare…

When Isabel's daughter, Lauren is snatched from outside her school, she suspects Jody McBride is behind the kidnapping. Yet the detective in charge of Lauren's case seems more interested in picking apart her statement, and investigating members of her family. 

Can Isabel persuade the police to take her seriously, or will she have to take matters into her own hands? In order to save Lauren, she must take a stark look at her own relationships, and consider how well she really knows her daughter.


cold bath lane


Who will pay the price for her silence?

Nine-year-old Jody is does well in school, despite living in a run-down part of East London.

Then one terrible night, her life changes forever, and Jody is forced to make an impossible choice between telling the truth and keeping her family together.

The police bring her in for questioning, and pressure her to tell them what really happened but is Jody ready to admit it, even to herself?

Will the truth win out, or will Jody be sucked into a web of lies in order to protect her family?

This disturbing crime novel is utterly gripping and impossible to put down.


The perfect girl


She was beautiful, popular and successful, the one they all wanted to be.

When reclusive writer, Jock falls for vivacious Tea Shop owner, Sapphire, he is amazed that she seems to feel the same way about him. He watches with pride as Sapphire is crowned May Queen at the town's May Day celebrations, but his joy turns to heartbreak when she runs off into the crowd, never to return.

As the days pass, he becomes increasingly desperate. Everyone he speaks to seems to love Sapphire. No one has a bad word to say about her. So why did she run away like that, and what is stopping her from coming back?

The Perfect Girl is a claustrophobic British thriller set on the English/Welsh border.

This book was previously titled May Queen Killers


About me

Hi, I’m Lorna Dounaeva

I started out as a politics graduate and worked for the British Home Office for a number of years, before turning to crime fiction. My first novel, FRY came out in 2013. Since then, I’ve published my second book, May Queen Killers and I’ve been working on a number of different projects, including more books in the FRY series.

I was named after the novel, Lorna Doone, and as you would expect, I love reading! My favourite genres are psychological thrillers, (especially authors like Rachel Abbott, Julia Crouch, Nicci French and Mark Edwards). I also like women’s fiction (Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell and Jane Green) and a bit of historical fiction (Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters and more recently, Victoria Hislop.)

I live in Surrey, England with my husband and our 3 children, who keep me busy wiping food off the ceiling and removing mints from USB sockets.

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