Deirdre Palmer

Author of The Wife's Revenge


Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England.  Always a writer at heart, life and work got in the way of the dream, as it does.  Retiring from her job in university management gave her the chance to pursue that dream, and she wrote a rom-com, successfully self-published.  She took a writing course at Brighton University, and entered writing competitions for the fun of it, coming fourth in two different years in the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition.

Her next book, Remarkable Things, published by Crooked Cat, was a contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, under their excellent New Writers’ Scheme.  After writing several books with themes of family, romance and friendship, she ventured into the psychological suspense genre with The Wife’s Revenge, published by darkstroke.

Deirdre has had several short stories published in women’s magazines. She also writes under the name Zara Thorne, with a writers’ collective, Fabrian Books.

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The Wife's Revenge

Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.

Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children are friends. Fran’s guilt shadows her days. But it’s no more than she deserves, or is it? At least she’s managed to protect her husband, Hector, from the harsh truth.

But for how long?

Tessa has left her troubles in the past and now has the perfect life. Ben might have his faults, but his life has not been easy. They need each other, and Tessa will do whatever it takes to eliminate any threats to her marriage.

Threats from women like Fran.

A cliff overlooks a disused chalk-pit. The locals call it High Heaven. It’s a place of secrets. And it’s where Oakheart newcomer Maria died. When Fran discovers a link between Maria and Ben, disturbing questions arise to which she has no way of knowing the answers.

Faced with an ultimatum from Tessa, time is running out for Fran. She’s scared, every minute of every day.

But where does the real danger lie?