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Louise Millar was brought up in Scotland. She began her journalism career in mainly music and film magazines, working as a sub-editor for Kerrang!, Smash Hits, the NME and Empire. She later moved into features, working as a commissioning editor on women's magazines. She has written for Marie Claire, Red, Psychologies, Stella (Telegraph magazine), the Independent, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist and Eve. She lives in London with her husband and daughters.


'I started reading and couldn't stop ... a must-read that will tap into every mother's primal fears' Sophie Hannah 'A well-paced psychological thriller with more than a hint of Minette Walters about it' Sunday Express 'A thought provoking, taut and suspenseful thriller that you won't forget in a hurry.' Easy Living 'Millar is a genius at capturing the complicated emotions of parenthood, and her taut, suspenseful plot makes this an unputdownable read' MARIE CLAIRE 'This compelling and impressive debut is told from the point of view of all three women, and the reader's sympathy shifts constantly as the story becomes more creepy and unsettling when layers of intrigue and manipulation are slowly revealed' GUARDIAN 'Millar exposes brilliantly the dilemma of working mums and clearly has a lot of sympathy for a situation that seems loaded against them ... perceptive and well-written, The Playdate is utterly compelling and a sure-fire winner' RED 'British author Millar's engrossing debut offers an unsettling, realistic view of friendships, gossip, and loneliness... What starts as a quiet story about neighbors soon builds into a gripping psychological thriller' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'Like the best thrillers, it is quietly creepy and expertly crafted. Add it to your book club reading list now' STYLIST 'Louise Millar's stunning debut The Playdate [focuses] on three women, but, in the case of this impossible-to- put-down psychological thriller, their lives don't simply intertwine, they collide, with disastrous consequences... The Playdate is an amazingly accomplished work for a first- time author and I can't wait to read Louise Millar's next book.' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'This gripping contemporary thriller will have you turning the pages, and re-evaluating people you call friends...' SARAH BROADHURST, LOVE READING 'Clever and scary. Millar plays with the darkness beneath apparently normal lives' IRISH EXAMINER 'Millar's well-drawn characters and impeccably structured plot instantly grab the reader and may leave parents wondering who to trust with their children. A supremely accomplished debut thriller by a writer to watch' BOOKLIST 'A pacy, beautifully written novel that will tap into every mother's nightmares' by Erin Kelly author of THE SICK ROSE

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