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Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace… now she’s back and she hasn’t aged a day.


Every mother’s nightmare just got worse…

One day ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart.

On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But Beth’s world is suddenly turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

Beth is introduced to a little girl who is the uncanny double of her missing daughter, who knows things that only Amy would remember. But this can’t be Amy, she hasn’t aged a day…

Now Beth is forced to question everything she has ever believed in, and push her faith and her sanity to the limits, if she is to find out the truth about what really happened to Amy Archer…

An unbelievably gripping psychological thriller – with a twist you’ll never see coming. Fans of The Child by Fiona Barton, Murder at Work by Faith Martin, Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, The Friend by Teresa Driscoll and Close to Home by Cara Hunter will love The Second Life of Amy Archer.


What readers are saying about The Second Life of Amy Archer – a dark psychological thriller with an incredible twist:

‘A slick and gripping debut. His writing style is rare; the minute details bring to life the characters, locations and the modern world so vividly that scene by scene it is almost palpable.’ We Love This Book

‘A gripping and well-written tale’ Literary Review

‘You won’t be able to put it down. A touching and startling read that is sure to propel RS Pateman’s talents.’ Woman’s Way

‘As secrets emerge, the plot unravels and characters are not what you expect making you crave the final conclusion. This book is a must.’ Irish Examiner

‘I couldn’t put it down. It turned into a complete page-turner for me. There are many twists and turns in the story, which I could never have predicted, and which made for a very exciting read and one which I finished in only a couple of days.’ Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars

‘One of the best books that I have read this year. I would urge readers to read this thrilling novel. It will send chills right through you.’ Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I read Gone Girl earlier this year, and The Second Life of Amy Archer is even better.’ Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars