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Absolutely riveting. Beautiful Bad is all at once a tense psychological thriller and an intricate exploration of some of our most primal fears and desires. I read a LOT of crime thrillers and relish in trying to solve the mysteries before the big reveal, but this one had me guessing until the very end. Just when I thought I had it figured out I found myself surprised, delighted, and a bit disturbed! Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, Tana French, & Laura Lippman, Beautiful Bad is THE psychological thriller of 2019!
— Lauren Messamore
March 2019 Indie Next List
“In her dark and atmospheric thriller, Ward has created characters that seep under your skin and take you on a suspense-filled, unforgettable ride. We follow Ian and Maddie from their first meeting in the war-torn Balkans to New York City and end up in suburban Kansas, witnessing their story unfold, twisting and turning along the way, until it ultimately implodes. What really happened and who can you believe?”
— Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL
A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry... That something is really, really wrong with me.Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.