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Do you want a thriller where nothing is as it seems?

Twenty years ago, Tatia was adopted into a well-off home where she seemed happy, settled. Then the youngest boy in the family dies in an accident, and she gets the blame.

Did she do it?

Tatia is cast out, away from her remaining adopted siblings Joel and Poppy. Now she yearns for a home to call her own. So when she see families going on holiday, leaving their beautiful homes empty, there seems no harm in living their lives while they are gone. But somehow, people keep ending up dead.

Did she kill them?

As bodies start to appear in supposedly safe neighbourhoods, DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley race to find the thinnest of links between the victims. But Drake’s secret past is threatening to destroy everything.


‘A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn’t put it down
Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice

Grips from the start and never lets up’
The Times

Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him’
Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret

A cracking debut. I can’t wait to see more of Ray Drake’
Mark Billingham, #1 bestselling author of Love Like Blood and In The Dark

‘Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters – and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!’
Louise Voss


With It Was Her Mark Hill just gets better and better. Beautifully written and utterly gripping.
Cass Green
He's only two books into his crime writing career but he's already up there with the big players (blog)
Ebookwyrm's BlogCave
I found myself racing through the pages as I desperately wanted to discover what was going to happen next
Over the Rainbow Book Blog
Mark Hill has joined the upper echelons of London crime writers
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
Dark, tense, twisted and totally satisfying. Nice one Mr Hill. More please
Jen Med’s Book Reviews (blog)
It Was Her is supremely well-crafted, from that irresistible premise, right through to the heart-thumping finale. Absolutely first-class writing
Random Things Through My Letterbox (blog)
Deliciously tense and darkly addictive. I couldn't put it down until I had devoured it completely!
Jane Isaac
Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him.
Alex Marwood
Twisty, pacy and an engaging. Loved it
Patricia Gibney
I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next
Hooked From Page One (blog)
A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake.
Mark Billingham (on His First Lie)
Hill's stories have a strong ring of contemporary truth and this downbeat but assured novel should establish him as a major voice in English crime writing
Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time
Deliciously dark characters, a poisonous middle-class family and a detective inspector with more to hide than most! Another thoroughly enjoyable read from Mark Hill
DampPebbles (blog)
Proof his debut, His First Lie, was no fluke, Hill's the real deal, delivering a thriller with shocking scenes, punchy action, twists and a flawed copper in DI Ray Drake... A crime fan's must-read!
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Left me wanting more (in a good way). Bring on the next book in the DI Ray Drake series!
Off-the-Shelf Books (blog)
I raced through the pages as if my life depended on it and could not put this book down. An utterly fabulous addition to the series
Novel Deelights (blog)
With compelling yet flawed characters and plenty of surprise twists, Hill's second DI Drake Mystery is a worthy follow-up to His First Lie
Culture Fly
Scary wonderful
Valentina Giambanco
A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down.
Robert Bryndza (on His First Lie)
Mark Hill writes at a great pace and keeps you fully submerged in the plot with his writing style
Broadbean’s Books (blog)
What a superb writer!
Alex Gray
If you like having goose-bumps whilst reading, or that feeling of looking over your shoulder, this book is definitely for you!
Books Beyond the Story (blog)
He's a real talent.
Steve Cavanagh