Fiction

‘Patis is proving herself to be the queen of page-turning reads.’

Tiffany McDaniel, author of The Summer That Melted Everything

The Wake

Blood isn’t always thicker than water…

In the wake of Richard Asquith’s death, his family come together to say goodbye.

The Daughter
Skye hasn’t seen her father in years. Can she ever forgive him for what he did?

The Daughter-in-Law
Lexi hopes her secrets have died with Richard. Can she keep the truth to herself forever?

The Mistress
Eleanor is heartbroken, but is her grief clouding her judgement?

The Celebrant
James has had enough of death. Can he give Richard the send-off he deserves?

Everyone has something to hide, but buried secrets always surface…

‘A spellbinding novel with characters who get under your skin and into your heart. Loved it.’

Lesley Sanderson, author of The Orchid Girls

‘An outstanding piece of writing… What a triumph this book is.’

J.A. Baker, author of The Woman at Number 19

Girl, Lost

I was never missing. I just didn’t want to be found.

On a bright summer’s day in 2013, Freya Rivers disappears, leaving twin sister Imogen behind. Did Freya leave to travel alone without telling anyone?

When friend Emily also disappears three days later, Imogen knows there’s something dark lurking beneath the surface.

Five years later, Imogen is living in Australia, having searched the world for her sister. So, when her mother calls, she knows it’s time to return home. 

Because Emily is back. And she has a child with her. 

Where has Emily been and why did she disappear? Does she know Freya’s whereabouts?

Imogen is desperate to uncover the truth about her twin and the truth is closer to home than she ever imagined…

‘Enthralling and emotional, the story twists and turns right up to the very satisfying conclusion. A cracking read!’

Rona Halsall, author of One Mistake

‘Gripping and thrilling right up to the end… I loved the ending which went from being on the edge of your seat to incredibly moving.’ 

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The Girl Across the Street

You’re hiding a secret that only she can see.

Her name is Beth. She came into my life when I needed her the most. We lead very different lives, but she’s the only person who understands me.

She was the only other witness to the terrible accident on the street between our homes. The only person who saw the cracks in my perfect life before I had the chance to cover them up.

It’s been so long since I’ve had a friend. Someone to talk to, to listen to, to laugh and dream with.

Beth would never do anything to hurt me.

She only wants what’s best for me, for my marriage.

Doesn’t she?

‘This book was off the charts good! I was literally hooked from the very first chapter and flew through this in a day. I simply could not stand to put it down!… Right from the first page we are on an adrenaline filled ride with this one.’

It’s All About the Thrill

‘Holy Moly. This book was brilliant. Seriously, I had to read it front to back. What a wild ride. Not a book to just read… you have to at times remember to breathe. Best book in a long while. I never saw it coming.’

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The Diary

Your sister is gone, but she left a diary. Now someone knows your secrets…

Lauren has spent years running away from her home town, her childhood and the memories of her stepsister and best friend, Hannah.

Until Lauren’s father begs her to return home for the tenth anniversary of Hannah’s death. It should be a quick visit, just so Lauren can pay her respects, but Hitchin is a small town and it’s not long before she’ll have to see the friends she abandoned: the beautiful, confident young girls who once meant everything to her.

Just when Lauren thinks she might be getting closure, she finds Hannah’s old diary. A diary full of secrets. The terrible things Lauren did, the lies she’s told, the reason she ran away. And she receives a message:

‘I don’t know why you’re back, but I know why you left.’

But no-one else has seen the diary, and Hannah’s dead, isn’t she?

‘Incredible… from the very first page I knew I was going to love it. I was gripped immediately… I couldn’t stop reading… You’re on an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. Heart-breaking, stressful, dark, twisty and so secretive. Brilliant book.’

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‘A haunting FIVE-star book! I loved this so much and couldn’t put it down! Wow, so many secrets, lies, games, deception… So dark, so deep and everyone trying to keep their secrets hidden.’

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Weltanschauung

The harbinger, the oddball, the remaining twin… Weltanschauung seeks to open your eyes to different stories, set in different worlds and at different times, but with the same theme in mind: to make you question your worldview.

This collection of short stories traverses genres, introduces a variety of characters, and shines a light on some of our deepest fears.

Challenge your perceptions.

‘It’s excellent… Deep, dark, haunting, beautiful short stories.’

Liz Fenwick, author of The Cornish House

‘The five gothic tales in Ms Patis’s book each provide us with protagonists who are trapped in daily routine, by past events, in limited perspectives or in particular realities… An unsettling and sometimes bleak read, but an important one nevertheless, even if only because it helps you to reflect healthily upon your own life and existence. Highly recommended for those who like their books unnerving/chilling.’

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Non-Fiction

I Ink, Therefore I Am

The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the Samoan word tatau, which means ‘open wound’, and so tattoos are defined as a ‘self-inflicted wound’ (McCarron 2008). They are a permanent mark made on the skin, and have been associated with both sailors and criminals for many decades, as well as the lower class (Fletcher 1971).”

The purpose of this dissertation is to identify the negative perceptions of tattoos within society, and the consequences thereof. It focuses on many aspects within society, including the employment practices of the police and how these relate to their behaviour when dealing with tattooed members of society. The aim of this study is to ascertain whether individuals with tattoos are in fact treated differently by and within society, and whether a social stigma affects their life chances, such as obtaining employment.

‘A fascinating study. It raises many questions about discrimination and why some tattoos are regarded as positive and others as threatening, not simply because of the type of tattoo but where it is on the body. The book raises some really thought provoking points such as employers’ perceptions of whether or not a tattoo will be a barrier to being able to carry out certain jobs.’

Karen Maitland, author of Company of Liars

‘I’m usually not one for reading research papers/dissertations but when I came across this I was immediately interested as I do believe there is also a lot of criticism and prejudice towards people with tattoos. The authors take on why people with tattoos in today’s society are treated differently is very intriguing and thought provoking.’

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