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Louise Douglas

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Louise Douglas

Winner of The Romantic Novelists’ Association People's Choice Award and a Richard and Judy Summer read.

Louise was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, but has lived in Somerset for more than 20 years.

Her first novel, The Love of My Life, a powerful story of love and loss, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2008 and was longlisted for both the Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the Waverton Good Read Award.

Her second novel, Missing You, a moving story of family and love, was published in 2010 and won The People's Choice Award at The Romantic Novelists' Association Pure Passion Awards for that year.

Her third book The Secrets Between Us, a gothic, page-turning romantic novel was published by Transworld in 2011 and was selected for the Richard and Judy Summer Read in 2012

Her fourth book, In Her Shadow in which the past comes back to haunt the present was published in 2012 followed by in 2014 by Your Beautiful Lies, about the lies we tell and the secrets we keep.

Her sixth novel The Secret by the Lake about the secrets of the past was published in 2015

Her next novel The House by the Sea published by Boldwood Books in 2020 has sold over 130,000 copies, was an Amazon no 1 bestseller and on the 8th March 2021 was announced as winner of The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award at the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards.

Louise’s new novel, the chilling and unputdownable The Scarlet Dress published by Boldwood books in the UK and US tells the story of the disappearance, twenty-five years ago, of Alice Lang.

The Room In The Attic was published by Boldwood Books on 12th October 2021 and The Notebook was published in September 2022. Louise’s next novel The Secret Of Villa Alba, an irresistibly compelling, intriguing and captivating tale of betrayal, love, jealousy and the secrets buried in every family history was published by Boldwood on the 3rd July 2023.

‘As wild fires creep a devastating path towards the idyllic town of Morranez, a vulnerable girl goes missing. But was she taken, or was she escaping?’ Louise’s latest novel The Summer of Lies was published on the 7th February 2024

Louise’s books have been translated in over 12 territories. 

Louise has three sons and lives with her husband, Kevin, and two dogs in Somerset.

Praise for The Love of My Life

Sad and lovely. I’m now having trouble finding a book good enough to fill the very deep hole she’s left”

Milly Johnson, author of The Yorkshire Pudding Club

“It’s beautifully written and, despite the tragic storyline, makes compelling and ultimately uplifting reading”

Western Daily Press

“This first novel is a compelling and sensitively written account of love and passion, grief and death”

Nuneaton Telegraph

“This is Louise Douglas's first novel and she has achieved something very accomplished”


Praise for Missing You

“A single mother and a newly heartbroken man are thrown together - their love bound by a haunting secret which threatens to tear them apart. A bewitching story that will tug your heartstrings from beginning to end”


Just like the last crumbs of a cupcake, it’s almost impossible to say goodbye to the characters in Louise Douglas’s new novel... This is a poignant, tender and beautifully written novel, infused with love and passion”

Now magazine

“Single mum Fen is letting time pass her by. Far from home and haunted by a dreadful secret, she is isolated from her family and too frightened to build relationships. Yet when fate introduced recently heartbroken Sean into her life, a gentle friendship begins to grow. Could this finally mean happiness?”

Daily Express

Praise for The Secrets Between Us

Another exquisite read from Louise Douglas . . . I wanted to lose myself in the narrative… and I did”

Milly Johnson

Praise for The Secret By The Lake

"Beautifully written, chillingly atmospheric and utterly compelling. Louise Douglas at her brilliant best"

Tammy Cohen, author of The Broken

"A master of her craft, Louise Douglas ratchets up the tension in this haunting and exquisitely written tale of buried secrets and past tragedy”

Amanda Jennings, author of Sworn Secret

"Crackles with repressed longing . . . the explosive ending took my breath away”

C.L. Taylor

“It builds in tension all the way through to the startling final pages”

The Sunday Express

Praise for In Her Shadow

An edge-of-your-seat read . . . Dark and brooding”

The Lady

“Enthralling and unnervingly absorbing . . . our top holiday recommendation”


Praise for The House By The Sea

“A tender, heart-breaking, page-turning read”

Rachel Hore

“The perfect combination of page-turning thriller and deeply emotional family story. Superb.”

Nicola Cornick

Praise for The Scarlet Dress

‘A brilliantly written, gripping, clever, compelling story, that I struggled to put down. The vivid descriptions, the evocative plot and the intrigue that Louise created, which had me constantly asking questions, made it a highly enjoyable, absolute treasure of a read.’ 

Kim Nash

‘Another stunning read from the exceptionally talented Louise Douglas! I love the way in which Louise creates such an atmospheric mystery, building the intrigue and suspense brick by brick. Her writing is always beautiful and multi-layered, her characters warm and relatable and the intriguing nature of the mystery makes this unputdownable.’ 

Nicola Cornick

Rights Sold:

The Love of My Life: Macmillan (UK), Boldwood Books (US), Znanje (Croatia), Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH (Germany), Meulenhoff Boekerij (Holland), Nouvien Trade Sociedad Anonima (Hungary), Pegasus Yayintari (Norway), Przedsiebiorstwo Wydawmicze (Poland), Mladinska Knjiga (Serbia), Desk D.O.O (Slovenia), Kinneret/Zmora/Advier Publishing House Ltd (Israel), Sperling & Kupfer (Italy), Hemiro Ltd (Russia)

Missing You: Transworld (UK), Boldwood Books (USA),Presses De La Cite (France), Piper Verlag GmbH (Germany), Cappelen Damm AS (Norway), Beijing HepingYahua (Simplified Chinese)

The Secrets Between Us: Transworld (UK & Ireland), Boldwood Books (USA), Presses De La Cite(France), Piper Verlag GmbH (Germany), Cappelen Damm AS (Norway), Beijing HepingYahua (Simplified Chinese), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy)

In Her Shadow: Transworld (UK), Boldwood Books (USA), Presses De La Cite (France), Piper Verlag GmbH (Germany), Meulenhoff Boekerij (Holland), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy), Cappelen Damm AS (Norway)

Your Beautiful Lies: Transworld (UK), Boldwood Books (USA), Piper Verlag GmbH (Germany)

The Secret by the Lake: Transworld (UK), Boldwood Books (USA),Piper Verlag GmbH (Germany)

The House By The Sea: Boldwood Books (UK& USA) Pegasus (Estonia), Newton Compton (Italy)

The Scarlet Dress: Boldwood Books (UK & USA),  Newton Compton (Italy)

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