Clare Mackintosh Books

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Clare Mackintosh is an ex-police officer turned author with more than a decade in the police force, that included time as a public order commander and in the CID. She quit the police force in 2011 to try out her hand in social media consulting and freelance journalism. She ventured into fiction writing in 2014 when she wrote her debut. She lives with her husband and three children in North Wales.

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Order of DC Morgan Series

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1 The Last Party 2022 Description / Buy
2 A Game of Lies 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Clare Mackintosh Standalone Novels

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1 I Let You Go 2014 Description / Buy
2 I See You 2016 Description / Buy
3 Let Me Lie 2018 Description / Buy
4 After the End 2019 Description / Buy
5 The Understudy ( With: Sophie Hannah, B.A. Paris, Holly Brown) 2019 Description / Buy
6 Hostage 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Clare Mackintosh Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Donor 2020 Description / Buy
2 Monsters (Short Story) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Clare Mackintosh Non-Fiction

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1 A Cotswold Family Life 2019 Description / Buy
2 I Promise It Won't Always Hurt Like This: 18 Assurances on Grief 2023 Description / Buy

Clare Mackintosh Anthologies

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1 Dead Simple 2017 Description / Buy
2 First Edition: Celebrating 21 Years of Goldsboro Books 2020 Description / Buy
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Clare Mackintosh is best known as a crime fiction writer who has had several bestsellers since she started writing in 2011. Her debut novel won critical acclaim and was shortlisted and won several awards. Her other novels have also become award-winning titles and been translated into more than 30 languages across the globe.

Clare’s twelve years on the police force, time on the CID and as a public order commander, inspire her work and her knowledge from the time on the force really come through in her writing. She has gotten to the point in her career where she is able to write full-time and does charity as a patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies.

She also maintains her blog at where she offers tips to other writers who are looking to get into her line of work and the many things that go on behind the scenes in bringing a book to the public. Her website also features a book club with books she recommends, short stories and other original content. It seems as if Clare is always writing something.


Clare Mackintosh has won several awards in her career starting right from her debut. “I Let You Go” was the winner of the Crime Novel of the Year at the Theakston Old Peculiar Awards where she beat the likes of JK Rowling. The novel which was translated into French also won the Cognac Festival Prix du Polar Awards Best International Novel. The book also benefited in sales from being selected for some book lists, namely the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’.


Three of Clare Mackintosh most beloved works include the likes of:

I Let You Go: The lead character in the novel is Jenna, a woman desperate to get away from the devastation of a hit-and-run accident that had changed her life for good. She is feeling lost and believes that life in a small Welsh village will help her clear her head and start anew. But as much as she tries to put the past behind her, it is almost an impossible task until she decides to confront things.

She is living every mother’s nightmare and only has Investigator Ray Stevens and his team to look to for justice. It is a great psychological thriller with an emotional twist that completely changes the dynamic of the narrative to culminate in an explosive ending.

Let Me Lie: Another great psychological thriller about one of the worst tragedies a person has to endure – losing both parents. Anna Johnson the lead in the novel loses her father who commits suicide and barely weeks later her mother dies in similar circumstances at exactly the same spot. What makes the tragedy even harder to take is the fact that she is having to face up to the demands of being a new mother too.

However, she receives several cryptic emails that make her doubt the police story about her parents committing suicide. She starts to think that maybe her parents had been murdered. As the twists and turns only seem to increase, she seeks the help of Murray, an ex-police detective that is also dealing with a wife with deep psychological issues. Anna thinks that if she is correct about her suspicions, then maybe she and her daughter and maybe even her boyfriend may be the next targets of the killer. Could they resolve the mystery of her parents’ death so that she can banish her terrible memories for good?

I See You: One of the most interesting novels by Clare Mackintosh. It is a claustrophobic and dark thriller about a woman bored with her mundane life. Her life is the same old drudgery of walking to the train station, waiting for the train, and sitting on nearly the same spot in the car every day. She has never suspected that with her dreary life anyone would be interested in her, until an ordinary commute back home turns into a nightmare.

While perusing the local newspaper classified, she sees her face staring right back at her in a listing she never placed. She is supposedly looking for love on a dating website she has never heard of. She thinks nothing of it when the ad changes to a different woman the following day and never sees her grainy picture again. But researching the women in the ad, she is shocked to learn that the women in the ad are reported victims of the violent crimes of murder and rape.

She seeks the help of a detective who soon discovers that the ads have a twisted purpose throwing Zoe into a panic. She is certain that she is the target of someone who put her picture in the ad. Now every man seems to be a possible kidnapper even if it is just the friendly man in the car smiling at her. For all she knows he could be preparing to make his move at the next stop.


At the moment, Clare Mackintosh does not seem to have an upcoming book. Her newest book written in 2018 was Let Me Lie which was released on March 8th, 2018. Based on the current rate of writing, you can probably expect another book in 2020. That is just a guess though and now that Clare is a full-time writer her pace could pick up. Whatever it is, I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.

When Does The Next Clare Mackintosh book come out?

Clare Mackintosh doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Game of Lies and was released on July, 20th 2023. It is the newest book in the DC Morgan Series.

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  1. Riveted, Clare, to yoyr books. Never has “I can’t put the book down” been a truer phrase! The changes in action, pace and also my adrenalin levels is constant, right to the end and beyond of each book. You have been joined a line of TVP retirees who are writing thrillers!
    Thank you again for the splendid writing

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