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Publication day for suspense novel Lies Behind The Ruin by bestselling author

Good morning,
Today we celebrate the official publication of Helen Matthews' second novel, Lies Behind The Ruin! Her first novel, After Leaving The Village,  was a bestseller and received fabulous reviews. Lies Behind The Ruin is the perfect beach read novel full of secrets and spiralling tension behind a perfect family facade, described by author Katharine Johnson as "
utterly compelling. Full of secrets and spiralling tension behind a perfect facade - I tore through it."

We can send you a review copy of Lies Behind The Ruin (paperback / ebook), organise a competition with you (with the book as a prize!) and/or connect you with the author for interviews, editorial commissions etc.  

Helen Matthews lives in Farnham in Hampshire and is very happy to be interviewed, with plenty of media experience since the success of her debut novel.

Helen Lewis 
Director - Literally PR 


Lies Behind The Ruin

By Helen Matthews

Emma Willshire has overcome plenty of obstacles in her life. From student bride to single mum of a son, Owen, but she has found happiness with her second husband, Paul and another child, Mollie. Emma's dark days seem far behind her until a fatal accident happens at Paul's work and he is held responsible.


On holiday in France, trying to leave his problems behind, Paul's behaviour turns erratic. On impulse, he buys a cheap, dilapidated property and, to Emma's dismay, persuades her they can renovate it into a holiday home.


Back in England, their problems spiral out of control. Paul is unravelling - professionally and personally. Finally, he escapes to France, thinking he's managed to cut his ties with the lady he's been having an affair with, Genevieve, but she has other ideas. Meanwhile, clouds are also gathering on the political front as the UK votes to leave the EU and the family face uncertainty in more ways than one. Funds for their renovation project dry up and Paul returns to England to take short-term contract work.


As the couple strive to renovate their marriage, and their French ruin to open a small business, shadows from the past threaten their happiness and safety.


Escape to a new life in France seemed like the only solution, but leads to heart-breaking loss for Emma involving infidelity, kidnap and a near murder.


After all, how can you build a new life on toxic foundations?


Written by the winner of Winchester Writers' Festival prize for the opening pages of a novel, Helen Matthews is the author of the best-selling book ‘After Leaving the Village' - an absorbing story of deception, guilt, betrayal and the resilience of the human spirit.


About the Author

Helen Matthews is the author of debut novel ‘After Leaving the Village', winner of the Winchester Writers' Festival prize for opening pages of a novel. Born in Cardiff, she read English at the University of Liverpool. After travelling, she worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management but fled corporate life to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. Helen has been awarded prizes for short stories and published in the literary journal Artificium. As a freelancer, she writes content for websites and business magazines and has, in the past, been published in The Guardian and had columns broadcast on BBC radio. She is married with two grown-up children and lives in Hampshire.



Title:Lies Behind The Ruin

Author:Helen Matthews

Publisher:Hashtag Press

Publication date:April 25, 2019

Availability:Paperback, eBook, International distribution

Category:Thriller, Suspense


Price: £7.99






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