Susanna Beard

Susanna Beard

Author of psychological thrillers
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Crime, Fiction, Suspense-thriller

Book types

Fiction for adults


  • Society of Authors
  • International Thriller Writers' Association
  • Crime Writers' Association


All my life I've been involved in writing, mostly via my work in public relations, but only recently can I call myself an novelist — something I've wanted to do since I was seventeen.

I write psychological thrillers and suspense novels, and I'm an alumna of the Faber Academy, where I studied for six months on their Writing a Novel course. My first two books, Dare to Remember and The Truth Waits, were published by Legend Press in 2017 and 2018, and were re-released by Joffe Books in 2021 as What Happened that Night and The Girl on the Beach. In December 2020 my third book, The Perfect Life, was published and my latest, The Lost Brother, in February 2021, both with Joffe Books. All are available via Amazon. 

What Happened that Night (originally Dare to Remember), my first novel, concerns a woman who suffers a terrible trauma but has no memory of it. The story follows her journey to recovery through therapy, new friends and a rescue dog. "Written with care and a deep level of understanding, while simultaneously building up the suspense until you are racing to find out what happened… a great read."

The Girl on the Beach (originally The Truth Waits), my second book, is partly set in Lithuania, where the landscape reflects the darkness of the story. There's a murder, sex trafficking and a brave woman who has to face her own past while searching for a killer. "...a gripping tale of secret guilt, trust, revenge and retribution."

The Perfect Life is the story of a woman who wins a huge sum on the Lottery. Her comfortable life dissolves into chaos when she starts receiving anonymous, hateful messages. When she tries to escape with her family, things go from bad to worse and she realises she can’t trust anyone. "...critically acclaimed author Susanna Beard redefines the depths of the psychological thriller."

The Lost Brother follows a brother and sister who are best friends, allies in a loveless family. They are a constant disappointment to their domineering father. The boy is sent away to a boarding school in South Africa to “toughen him up”, leaving his sister to deal with her dysfunctional parents on her own. "...[an] utterly absorbing take on family betrayal, dark secrets and deep trauma that will keep you guessing until its chilling conclusion."

"Susanna weaves a spellbinding web..."

I'm aiming to write a book a year from now until I'm too decrepit to do it any more! I love a dark story with a satisfying resolution, and my love of language means I'm always striving for the best word, phrase or sentence. 

In my talks I discuss my own journey to publication, the ups and downs of the writer's life, how I get inspiration, and how I managed to change my career late in life. I talk openly about what I've learned, both good and bad, and my ambitions. I have a lot to say - and love answering questions!

I'm a regular book recommender and interviewee on local radio stations and I give talks to book clubs, special interest groups, local libraries and literary festivals. I'm willing to travel anywhere within a couple of hours of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, where I live and work. 

I base my charges on the recommendations of the Society of Authors.


Books by Susanna Beard

I write psychological thrillers/suspense novels, with four books published: What Happened that Night (2017), The Girl on the Beach (2018), The Perfect Life (2020) and The Lost Brother (2021). I'm fascinated by the small things that happen to people and end up changing their lives; my books are dark and twisty. My stories also address social issues like gender inequality, domestic violence, bullying and sex trafficking alongside a human story of struggle and redemption.

What Happened That Night

What Happened That Night

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her badly injured and her best friend dead, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley. However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night? As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.  
The Girl on the Beach

The Girl on the Beach

Anna has everything worked out – a successful company, all the comforts she needs and no ties. But when she stumbles across the body of a young girl on a deserted beach in Lithuania, everything changes. Anna is compelled to uncover the story behind the tragedy, despite concern from her partner, Will. Everything points towards sex trafficking, but as she searches, her own deepest secrets start to surface. When Will disappears without a trace, Anna is pulled further into the murky world of organised crime. Time is running out for them all, and there’s a killer out there who will stop at nothing.  
The Perfect Life

The Perfect Life

Heather has lucked out. She has a beautiful house, a happy marriage to James, two sons, Ben and Harry — and she’s just won the lottery. £29 million! Natalie has never quite kept up, but she’s finally in a relationship with a new boyfriend, Nick. She’s been best friends with Heather since they were bullied at school. But will her friend’s new fortune change their friendship? Heather’s comfortable life dissolves into chaos. She starts receiving anonymous, hateful messages. She begs Natalie to escape with her to Spain, along with a few other close friends. But away from the spotlight in London, things go from bad to worse. Then the unthinkable happens and Heather realizes she can’t trust anyone. Not even her best friend. Charged with menace, this unputdownable, edgy story of jealousy and suspicion by critically acclaimed author Susanna Beard redefines the depths of the psychological thriller.  
The Lost Brother

The Lost Brother

Ricky and Leonora Bates are brother and sister, best friends, allies in a loveless family. They are a constant disappointment to their domineering father. He views Ricky’s quiet bookishness as weakness and Leonora’s feisty intelligence as unbecoming. Then Ricky is sent away to a boarding school in South Africa to “toughen him up”. And Leonora is stuck dealing with her dysfunctional parents on her own. When Leonora’s father travels to South Africa to bring Ricky home, disaster strikes. Her father is shot dead and her brother is nowhere to be found. Now Leonora must find the truth. Susanna Beard is in top form in this utterly absorbing take on family betrayal, dark secrets and deep trauma that will keep you guessing until its chilling conclusion.