Welcome to my website.
I'm Karen Clarke, a multi-published author of psychological thrillers and romantic comedies.
'all the beauty of life
is made up of light and shadows' Leo Tolstoy
My Sister's Child
I promised her I'd protect him… and I'll do anything to keep him safe.
Five years ago, my sister Rachel left her baby boy on my doorstep. A little bundle wrapped in blankets.
I loved him. I cared for him. I called him Noah and raised him as my own.
Rachel was full of secrets, and the truth about Noah was one we shared. A secret just between sisters.
Now, my sister is dead. The police say it was an accident but I’m convinced that’s a lie.
I owe it to Rachel to uncover the truth… Even if I risk losing the family I’ve fought so hard for.
Dark family secrets rise to the surface in this gripping and emotional page-turner. My Sister’s Child will keep you reading long into the night and is perfect for fans of Nicole Trope and Claire Amarti.
A brilliant psychological thriller… the twists that happen will leave you on the edge of your seat.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A tense and emotional read, with well-drawn, menacing and intriguing, characters.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'It had me gripped from the start and would not let go' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'An addictive and chilling read with a very dramatic ending. It had everything I love in a thriller and more.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Your Life for Mine
Meet Beth Turner...
From the outside she looks like any other thirty-three-year-old woman, with a gorgeous house and beautiful daughter.
But Beth has a secret that has haunted her past for as long as she can remember. A secret that only those closest to her know. Aged seven, she almost drowned on a family holiday… and a stranger died saving her life. Survivors guilt has been the defining characteristic of her life ever since.
So, when Beth receives a threatening text message from an anonymous number on the way to her surprise birthday party, she knows her time is up.
Enjoy your birthday, Beth. It’ll be your last.
As she arrives at her house, there’s only one thing she knows for certain. Someone at the party wants her dead.
'A satisfyingly chilling read with an explosive ending.'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Vikki Patis - bestselling author of 'Girl Lost'
There’s no shortage of suspects in this gripping new thriller.” Diane Jeffrey - bestselling author of 'The Guilty Mother'⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Perfect Nanny
You trust her with your home, your husband, your baby… but she is about to destroy it all.
Sophy Pemberton is struggling to cope with the pressures of becoming a new mother. Her nine-month-old son never settles in her arms and the unrelenting tiredness from late night feeds is all consuming.
When Liv Granger from the mother and baby group offers her services as a nanny, Sophy is overcome with relief. Now she can finally get some sleep…she can stop failing at being a mother.
But Liv has a secret. She didn’t become Sophy’s nanny by accident.
And Sophy has no idea who she has let into her home.
An utterly gripping and suspenseful novel that will have you turning the pages long into the night for fans of The Mother-In-Law, Lies Lies Lies, and The Babysitter.
WOW! I absolutely loved this book and stayed up way too late to finish it!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A wickedly clever page-turner.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Secret Sister
Can you trust a sister who is a stranger?
Ella Matthews has it all. A beautiful house, a charming husband and a precious baby daughter – her life has pretty much turned out exactly as she planned.
But when Ella’s mother tragically dies, her perfect life starts to crack. Her mother had been harbouring a life-long secret. Ella has a sister – an older sister – called Colleen.
Excited by the thought of no longer being an only child, Ella can’t wait to find her. But Colleen has a whirlwind past of her own. Desperate to escape her troubles, she is ready to go to any length to start afresh.
As their paths collide, someone is keeping secrets… and when Colleen mysteriously disappears without notice, Ella can’t help but question if she should have started looking for her at all…
And Then She Ran
How far would you go to keep your baby safe?
Grace bundled her eight-week-old daughter into her carry cot, opened the door and ran.
Her life in New York faded into the background – she needed to keep her baby safe. She needed to get as far away from Patrick as possible.
Now, staying in a remote cottage in Wales, Grace is trying to start again. But she can’t shake the uneasy feeling that she’s been followed.
And then she finds a note. Left on her bed. A tiny scrap of paper with scrawl in bright red pen. Keep her close. Anything could happen.
She’s been found. Patrick wants his baby back.
But Grace will do everything to stop him.
An utterly gripping cat and mouse thriller that will keep you reading long into the night for fans of Lisa Jewell, Adele Parks and Sally Hepworth.
'Intense, quick-paced, has well developed characters & a plot that’s full of twists. Once I started reading, I could not put it down!!’