**Helen Monks Takhar’s latest psychological thriller, Such A Good Mother, is available to pre-order now**
YOUR FIRST MISTAKE WAS LETTING HER IN…
‘Oh my gosh, this book! Where do I start! If you like a thriller, you'll love this Single White Female thrillfest. The suspense keeps you hooked right until the last page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5*****
There’s a new girl at work.
Young, beautiful, confident, she’s everything you used to be. You’re flattered when she befriends you.
So when your boss starts giving her your work, at first you think it’s a mistake.
But then, one Sunday, the new girl turns up in your local pub. The next week, she starts dressing like you…
Now she’s taking control of everything. Because she doesn’t just want your job – she wants your life…
‘A truly creepy tale of jealousy and obsession.’ Woman & Home
‘A hypnotic dance of gaslighting and revenge.’ People
‘Guaranteed to start the mother of all office fights.’ I News
*A previous version of this novel was published with the title Precious You.*
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‘Dark, disturbing, compulsive. I was genuinely terrified reading this.’ Adele Parks
‘An intergenerational clash between two women, played out to a shocking finale. Nail-biting.’ Harriet Tyce
‘Creepy and unnerving… a breathtaking debut.’ Samantha Downing
‘A deliciously dark, addictive and twisted page-turner.’ Alice Feeney
‘What a debut! Twisty, explosive, and hugely compelling, with hints of Gone Girl.’ Will Dean
‘Twisted, dark and shocking. Absolutely terrific.’ Jo Spain
‘Will change the way you look at your colleagues forever.’ Phoebe Morgan
‘Supremely twisted and completely riveting’ Katie Lowe
‘You may be reminded of Villanelle by Lily, the possibly psychopathic young anti-heroine of Helen Monks Takhar’s enthralling workplace thriller.’ The Sunday Times
‘Chilling and addictive’ Woman & Home
‘Gossip Girl meets Single White Female.’ Northern Soul
‘A compelling debut… Fans of Killing Eve will love the cat-and-mouse element. Gripping throughout, a highly addictive read.’ Heat
‘Packed with toxic rivalry, obsession, deceit and explosive twists!’ My Weekly
‘Dark and totally gripping.’ Bella
‘Clever, truly creepy and uniquely modern tale.’ Woman’s Own
‘We were hooked from the first page – a brilliant and dark story.’ Closer
‘A modern tale of jealousy and paranoia…tightly plotted and gripping…will keep you hooked.’ Woman’s Weekly
‘A taut, sharply written thriller about two women and their toxic obsession with one another. Sexy, scary and satirical, [it’s] a cat-and-mouse tale on steroids.’ The Bookseller
Near the start of Monks Takhar's dark and disquieting debut, 41-year-old Katherine Ross, editor of Leadership, a trade magazine, learns she has a new intern: publisher Gemma Lunt's 24-year-old niece, Lily Lunt. Lily's youth and millennial sensibilities make the already depressed Gen Xer feel ancient and irrelevant, so she's secretly thrilled when Lily invites her out for drinks and proclaims her admiration. Shortly thereafter, Lily begins edging out Katherine at work, but Lily's already charmed Katherine's assistant and her significant other, 50-something failed screenwriter Iain, and both dismiss Katherine's burgeoning suspicions regarding Lily's actual intentions. Consequently, by the time Katherine realizes that Lily has designs on both her job and her partner, ruin is inexorable. Monks Takhar intersperses Katherine's bitter and broken first-person narrative, which is directed at Lily, with entries from Lily's diary detailing her motives and machinations. Though psychotic "snowflake" Lily rings true, curmudgeonly Katherine reads a decade older than her stated age, which undercuts the plot. Still, Monks Takhar delivers an excruciatingly tense slow burn that's rife with twists that shock and devastate.