Rachel writes YA thrillers and cosy crime for adults. Numbers, her debut YA novel, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and sold to 26 countries. She has two grown-up children and a husband, and lives in Bath. A silly dog and a chicken complete the household. Rachel has been a frequent visitor to the Uxbridge area as her husband lived in nearby Harefield Hospital for 14 months. As well as writing, Rachel paints portraits and landscapes.
Numbers (sequels The Chaos and Infinity): Since her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number pops into her head – the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together, her life takes a new twist and turn. Waiting for the London Eye, she sees everyone in the queue has the same number – something terrible is going to happen.
The Cost of Living (first in the series): When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.