Monday, June 17, 2019


Well, I finished the final proof read of THE HIDING GAME today.....it was a bit of a marathon run since Saturday morning, but fulfilling all the same.

It got a bit emotional towards the end, as this one has pulled at my heart strings quite a lot over the last while.

Anyhow, here is a little bit about the story. Now I can finally type the words THE END!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Drum Roll...Cover Reveal!!!


Or something like that....

SO EXCITED to REVEAL the cover of THE HIDING GAME...Publication Date September 5th....

Now off to light candles, bite fingernails, or generally panic that you like it!!...


"A young girl on trial, a twenty-five-year-old murder, and a small town willing to do anything to keep its secrets safe..."

“Phillips is back with a most intriguing and compelling story of grief, loss, memory and the quest for the truth. With rich characterisation and a lively setting, this story will enthral you to the end.”

“The Hiding Game is filled with characters who will grab you by the throat from beginning to end. Absolutely gripping storyline, expertly crafted, an addictive page turner. I loved it.”

“The Hiding Game has everything you would expect from a Phillips novel – a pacy crime procedural full of twists and turns, with poignant insights into the emotional bond between mother and child. A cracking good read.” 

“A riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines legal thriller set in A Small Town in the USA with dark secrets and murky lies…which Phillips has pulled it off not only with authenticity, but aplomb.

“Phillips is at the top of her game. The Hiding Game is riveting, thought provoking and compulsive. A five-star read.”

“A gripping courtroom drama with a courageous new heroine in Heather Baxter. Pacy, tightly plotted and full of suspense. The Hiding Game was worth the wait!”

“Phillips sends us down into a rabbit hole of buried trauma, disjointed memories, fractured relationships and ruptured lives in the search for justice and redemption. An undoubted master of the psychological thriller.”

“Phillips makes a very successful trip Stateside with ‘The Hiding Game’. The oppressive nature of life in a small town adds tension as Phillips draws together the strands of this tightly plotted family thriller.”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Karin Slaughter in conversation with Sinead Crowley!

Look who is coming next for Midsummer Murder One! 

The incredible Karin Slaughter will be in Dublin on 13th June.

If you're interested in the event, you can book now at www.murderone.ie to hear her chat with Sinead Crowley about how her latest book, THE LAST WIDOW, came together! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Hi everyone,

I'm delighted to make a splash with this GREAT NEWS.....I've signed another 2 Book Deal with Hachette!!!

Roll on lots of lovely words in the future...... 

Cover reveal for my new novel THE HIDING GAME to follow.....Watch this space!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced!!


Belinda Bauer - Snap
Steve Cavanagh - Thirteen
Mick Herron - London Rules
Val McDermid - Broken Ground
Liam McIlvanney - The Quaker
Khurrum Rahman - East of Hounslow

The prize, now in its 15th year, was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction.

Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, is shortlisted with her 2018 Man Booker longlisted, Snap, which is inspired by the murder of a pregnant woman, Marie Wilks, on the M50 in 1988. The judges described it as “an acute, stylish, intelligent novel about how we survive trauma.”

Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh, hailed by Ian Rankin for “plotting that takes the breath away.” Thirteen offers an original twist on the courtroom thriller, where the serial killer isn’t on trial - he’s on the jury.

London Rules
Mick Herron’s widely acclaimed Jackson Lamb novels have been shortlisted twice for the Crime Novel of the Year. London Rules is the fifth outing for the band of spies with the backdrop of Brexit Britain and a terror plot.

Broken Ground
This Karen Pirie thriller by Val McDermid, digs up a secret buried for 70 years in a Highland peat bog and has been praised for its ‘masterly handling of pace and plot.’

The Quaker
The Quaker by Liam McIllvanney is set in Glasgow in 1969 drawing on the real-life, never-caught serial murderer Bible John.

East of Hounslow
This is Khurrum Rahman first novel. East of Hounslow follows Jay, who ends up working undercover for MI5 while undergoing radical Islamist training.

The overall winner will be decided by the panel of Judges, alongside a public vote. The public vote opens on July 1 and closes July 14 at www.theakstons.co.uk.

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “All shortlisted authors are deserving of the title, but there’s only one Novel of the Year. The public vote will be invaluable, readers have real power, so I’d encourage everyone to make their voice heard - it’s free and simple to vote online. It will be fascinating to see which of these remarkable titles prevails, all are simply outstanding.”

The winner is announced on the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, on July 18, 2019
The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

The Hiding Game by Louise Phillips - Cover Reveal to follow!!

I was out walking in lovely Greystones over the weekend, and this view reminded me of the beautiful cover of my upcoming novel, THE HIDING GAME.....

Watch this space for full cover reveal shortly!! #ocean #alone #danger #thehidinggame
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