In a small seaside community, there’s always somebody watching...

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.

Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she’s right to.

Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.

‘Exquisitely written and impossible to put down.’
Bestselling author Clare Mackintosh
‘Intriguing and twisty thriller.’
Sunday Mirror
‘You won’t be able to put it down.’
‘Beautifully written’
‘A gripping, unpredictable page-turner.’
‘A terrific summer read.’

October: Germany buys Lucy’s fifth novel

PiperVerlag, Lucy’s German publishers, have bought the rights to translate and publish her fifth novel, which will be released in 2019.

September: Christchurch Library author talk

Lucy will be talking about her latest novel, LAST SEEN, at Christchurch Library in Dorset, on 21 September at 7pm.

June: THE BLUE gets a makeover

The UK edition of Lucy’s third novel, THE BLUE, has been retitled to NO ESCAPE to position it more firmly in the psychological suspense market.

June: Book 5 deal with HarperCollins

Lucy is delighted to have signed contracts with HarperCollins, who will be publishing her fifth novel in 2018.

May: LAST SEEN publishes in UK

Publication day is here! LAST SEEN is available as an eBook on 19 May 2017. The paperback edition will be published on 29 June 2017.

April: Facebook Live writing masterclasses

Lucy has launched a series of live writing masterclasses taking place every Friday at 12 noon on

March: Lucy spends World Book Day at Canford School

Lucy visited Canford School in Dorset to celebrate World Book Day with their Year 10 students.

February: Proof copies of LAST SEEN are ready!

Early proofs of Lucy’s fourth novel, LAST SEEN, have been sent out to bloggers, authors, and the press. Early reactions are FAB! The book will be published by HarperCollinsUK on 29 June 2017.

November: Norway buys Lucy’s fourth novel

Norwegian publishers, Apropos Forlag, bought the rights to publish Lucy’s fourth novel, which will be released in 2017.

October: Russia buys Lucy’s fourth novel

Russian publishers, AST, bought the rights to publish Lucy’s fourth novel, which will be released in 2017.

September: A new addition to the family!

On 21 September, Lucy gave birth to a baby girl, Darcy Wren Cox, who is currently rocking her world :)

August: Delivered final draft of Book 4 to UK publishers

Lucy Clarke handed in the final draft of her fourth novel to HarperCollins UK, who are due to publish the book in summer 2017.

July: US release paperback of The Blue

Touchstone have released the US paperback edition of The Blue, which People magazine have called ’an atmospheric thriller.‘

June: The Blue released in Germany

PiperVerlag have released Lucy Clarke’s third novel, titled Das Haus, Das in den Wellen Verschwand.

May: Appearance at Wimborne Lit Fest

Lucy Clarke will be in conversation with best-selling author, Lisa Jewell, at this year’s Wimborne Literary Festival. Wednesday 18 May, 11.30-12.30pm. Tickets available from Gulliver’s Bookshop: 01202 882677.

April: Onderstroom released in Netherlands

Lucy’s third novel is to be published in the Netherlands by Ambo Anthos.

February: Drafting Book 4

Lucy is working on the first draft of her fourth novel. The currently untitled book will be released by HarperCollins in spring 2017.

November: The Blue released in Norway

Finished copies of the Norwegian edition of The Blue are just in. What a beautiful hardback cover!

September: The Blue in Good Housekeeping

The Blue was included in Good Housekeeping’s round up of the best late summer reads, described as a ‘gripping holiday read. ’

August: THE BLUE publishes in the US

THE BLUE is released in the US in a beautiful hardback edition, by Simon & Schuster. Kirkus Reviews say, ‘Unpredictable plot twists keep coming until the final page.’

July: UK publication of THE BLUE

Lucy Clarke’s third novel, THE BLUE, is released in the UK on 30 July 2015, by HarperCollins. Cosmopolitan chose this ’gripping thriller‘ as their August 2015 Book of the Month.

June: PiperVerlag confirmed to publish THE BLUE

PiperVerlag, Lucy’s German publishers, have bought the rights to publish her third novel, THE BLUE. The book will be due for release in 2016.

May: Cover reveal!

The UK cover for Lucy’s third novel, THE BLUE, has been released by HarperCollins.

April: Germany releases Book 2

PiperVerlag released Lucy Clarke’s second novel, retitled as ‘The Summer When It Started To Snow’.

March: Literary Luncheon

Lucy Clarke attended the Bournemouth Literary Luncheon club as their guest speaker.
Photo by James Bowden

February: THE BLUE to be published in Canada

Simon & Schuster Canada have just bought the rights to publish Lucy Clarke’s third novel, THE BLUE. The title will be due for release in summer 2015, alongside the US edition.

January: THE BLUE to be published in the US

Over in the US, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster have bought the rights to publish Lucy’s third novel, THE BLUE. Lucy’s US editor, Sally Kim, said, ‘This manuscript blew us away.’

December: A SINGLE BREATH to be published in Czech Republic

Grada Publishing in the Czech Republic have bought the rights to publish Lucy Clarke’s second novel, A SINGLE BREATH. The title will be due for release in 2015.

November: Book 3 handed in!

Lucy Clarke has submitted the final draft of her third novel to her UK publishers, HarperCollins. The novel - currently titled THE BLUE - will be due for release in the UK in July 2015.

October: A SINGLE BREATH to be published in Norway

Wonderful publishers Apropos have bought the rights to publish Lucy Clarke’s second novel, A SINGLE BREATH. The title will be released in Norway in 2015.

September: A Single Breath released in Holland

A Single Breath – retitled as Ademhalen for the Dutch market, is to be released across Holland on 9 September 2014.

August: Book deal in Estonia

Lucy Clarke has accepted an offer from Eest Raamat publishers, who will be publishing A Single Breath across Estonia in 2015.

July: Author talk at Tuckton Library

Lucy Clarke was invited to speak to a collection of Reading Groups at her local library, in Tuckton, Dorset. In her one-hour talk, Lucy discussed the process of writing a novel and where the inspiration behind her books comes from.

June: Booked to speak at the Larmer Tree Festival

Lucy Clarke will be speaking at the Larmer Tree Festival in Wiltshire, on Friday 18th July. You can catch her on the Lostwood Stage between 3-4pm. Book your festival tickets now:

May: The Sea Sisters released in France

Here is the beautiful cover of Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, The Sea Sisters, which was released in France by Presses de la Cite on 22 May 2014.

April: A Single Breath launches in the US

Touchstone/Simon & Schuster publishes A Single Breath in the US on 8 April 2014.

March: A Single Breath released across the UK

On 27 March, HarperCollins published Lucy Clarke’s second novel, A Single Breath. Fantastic 5* reviews already flooding in, with the Sunday Mirror describing it as ‘A perfectly paced combination of romance and mystery’, and the Sun on Sunday saying, ‘Tense but beautiful, you'll be addicted’.

March: Book Signing - A Single Breath

Lucy Clarke will be signing copies of her second novel, A Single Breath, at The Boathouse in Christchurch, Dorset, on 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome!

February: The Sea Sisters launches in Brazil

Brazilian publishers, Rocco, release The Sea Sisters this month, with a beautiful interpretation of the book jacket.

January: Proof copies of A Single Breath arrive

Hot off the press, beautiful UK proof copies of A Single Breath have landed. The novel is due for release in the UK on 27 March 2014.

November: New two-book deal with HarperCollins UK

HarperCollins UK have signed Lucy Clarke to write a further two novels, which will be due for release in 2015 and 2016.

October: Lucy Clarke to speak at Christchurch Library, Dorset

On November 12th, Lucy Clarke will be visiting Christchurch Library in Dorset to talk about her debut novel, The Sea Sisters, and how she became published.

September: Lucy Clarke to speak at Appledore Book Festival, Devon

On October 4th Lucy Clarke will be part of the ‘New Voices’ panel at the Appledore Book Festival in Devon. She’ll be sharing the stage with debut novelists, M.L.Stedman and Gavin Extence.

August: The Sea Sisters in Russia

Russian publishers AST have bought the rights to publish THE SEA SISTERS across Russia.

August: Cover star for The Simple Things

Lucy Clarke is this month’s cover star for the August issue of ‘The Simple Things’ magazine.

July: Second book deal in the US and Canada

Simon & Schuster have bought Lucy Clarke’s second novel. It is due to be released in April 2014 across the US and Canada as a trade paperback.

June: The Sea Sisters in Norway

Norwegian Publishers Apropos have bought the rights to release THE SEA SISTERS in Norway.

June: Cover girl for Writers' Forum magazine

Lucy Clarke features on the cover of this month's Writers' Forum magazine. In the interview, Lucy talks about the joys of becoming a full-time novelist and the freedom of the writer's lifestyle.

May: Richard & Judy Summer Book Club choice

The Sea Sisters has been chosen as a Richard and Judy 2013 Summer Book Club pick. Judy describes it as 'The perfect summer read.' See the Richard & Judy website for more details

May: The Sea Sisters released in the UK

Lucy Clarke’s debut novel has been released in the UK to rave reviews. Cosmopolitan says, "A thrilling and perceptive debut that explores the complex relationship between sisters and loss at its rawest. Trust us, you won’t be able to put it down."

May: Waterstone’s book signing

Lucy Clarke will be signing copies of The Sea Sisters on Saturday 11 May between 12-2pm at Waterstone’s in Castlepoint, Bournemouth. Come on down and join her!

April: German book club edition

A beautiful, bespoke cover of Die Landkarte der Liebe (the German version of The Sea Sisters), has been produced for Bertelsmann Book Club.

March: Swimming At Night out now!

This week saw the launch of Swimming At Night across the US and Canada. New York Times bestselling author, Lisa Unger says,

“A tender and intricate meditation on sisterhood and family, Swimming at Night is an accomplished debut. With a deft hand, Lucy Clarke weaves a deep and compelling story that is as much about what binds us together as it is about what tears us apart. Perfectly capturing the impossibly complicated love of siblings, this is a rich and moving story that lingers long after the book is closed.”

March: Nachtzwemmen launched in Holland

The Sea Sisters has been launched in Holland by AW Bruna, under the title 'Nachtzwemmen.' After an auction, AW Bruna bought the rights to the novel, along with Lucy Clarke’s second novel, which will be due for release in 2014.

February: Italian edition released

The translated version of The Sea Sisters, 'Le sorelle dell'oceano', has just been released across Italy by fantastic publishers, Neri Pozza. 

November: Novel now out in Germany

The German edition of the novel, DIE LANDKARTE DER LIEBE, was released on 8 October 2012 by Piper. Fantastic reader reviews are already coming in to and The Lübeck News have described the book as 'intelligently written and a great read'.

October: Eight countries and counting…

Lucy Clarke’s debut novel has so far been sold in eight countries: UK, US, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Holland and Brazil. Germany will be the first to release the novel in Autumn 2012, with the UK, US and Canada following in Spring 2013.