Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite – review.

Publication date – 16th September 2020.


He sees her. The one. The sunglasses don’t fool anyone, she is clearly upset, her nose and lips swollen from crying. They are two lost souls and he knows his love can help her. After all, she is not the first girl he has followed home…

Adam is the perfect boyfriend. He pays attention, he buys flowers. He knows everything about Laura and looks after her every need. He cooks, he cleans – he even does the dishes without being asked.

But Laura has never met Adam. Still grieving after a devastating car crash that killed her family, she’s forgetful and struggling to pull her life together. She’d be horrified to know the depth of this unsettling fantasy in which she is the star. But there’s no denying the chill she feels every time she finds another elaborate bouquet on her doorstep, or wakes in the night sensing she is not alone.

Adam has been watching her every move, and now it’s time to act. Except, there’s one little detail he’s missed: Laura has been watching him too.

After everything she’s been through, Laura’s ready to fight back and stop being the victim in her own life story. But in Adam’s world, there are no happy endings…

An unputdownable thriller guaranteed to have you sleeping with the light on and questioning everything you think you know about serial-killer thrillers! Perfect for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes, My Lovely Wife by Samantha Dowling and The One by John Marrs.

About the author

Barbara is the Amazon, Kobo and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET. Her latest book is THE PERFECT FRIEND.

Her writing career started in journalism, where she worked her way up from a weekly local newspaper to nationals and magazines. During a career spanning over twenty years Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

Her first book, Invisible, was ‘totally gripping, and scarily believable’ according to Bella magazine. Its success was followed by Flowers For The Dead, which became her first Amazon UK bestseller. It was the Sunday Mirror’s Choice Read, beating Lee Child’s latest offering. ‘Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed… Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact,’ their review read. Flowers For The Dead has consequently featured on Amazon’s bestseller lists in the US, Canada and Australia.

The Darkest Lies came next, published by Bookouture. It became a USA Today bestseller, as well as hitting the Top 50 on Kobo UK, and also appearing on Amazon’s Top 100 Kindle lists in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

The follow-up, Her Last Secret, featured on fifteen ‘Best Reads of 2017’ lists compiled by bloggers. It hit the Number 1 slot on Kobo UK.

Her latest book, The Perfect Friend, has also reached the coveted Number 1 spot on Kobo UK and Amazon in Italy, as well as being a bestseller on Amazon UK and US.

When not writing feverishly at her home in Birmingham, Barbara is often found walking her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy, or hiding behind a camera to take wildlife photographs.

To find out more about Barbara’s novels, go to:






My thoughts

‘Flowers for the Dead’ is an amazing chiller. With every passing chapter I felt the hairs on my neck prickling with an uneasy itch. I loved that a lot of this book was written from the stalkers POV. This gave it a creepy edge, one in which I really enjoyed reading.

I quite often say ‘wow’ after devouring a book at speed. This took me a few days longer to read but it’s a mega wow. The story was epic as it spanned the years and took me on a journey. I felt that I wanted to take in every sentence as I didn’t want to miss out on the characterisation that was being built. I enjoyed savouring it all and taking my time.

Laura’s chapters gave me the shivers and it was great seeing Adam’s story unfolding, from childhood to present. I loved the symbolic use of flowers throughout, very cleverly used and researched.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an absolutely chilling psychological thriller, one which will have you hearing things that aren’t there in the night and one that will shock and sadden at the same time. I’m still thinking about it now. It will give you the heebie jeebies – eek!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.


About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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3 Responses to Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite – review.

  1. Pingback: Hidden Company by SE England – review. | Carla Kovach – Author

  2. Diana says:

    Wonderful review. Flowers for the Dead is indeed a great, captivating read.

    Liked by 1 person

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