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  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405944878
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

One White Lie

The bestselling, gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming

A gripping and suspenseful debut thriller, with more twists than The Couple Next Door

Imagine you've finally escaped the worst relationship of your life, running away with only a suitcase and a black eye.

Imagine your new next-door neighbours are the friends you so desperately needed - fun, kind, empathetic, very much in love.

Imagine they're in trouble. That someone is telling lies about them, threatening their livelihoods - and even their lives.

Imagine your ex is coming for you.

If your new best friends needed you to tell one small lie, and all of these problems would disappear, you'd do it, wouldn't you?

It's only one small lie, until someone turns up dead.

  • Published: 16 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405944878
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Leah Konen

Leah Konen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. She's the author of several young adult novels, including Love and Other Train Wrecks and The Romantics.

She lives in Brooklyn and Saugerties, NY, with her husband, their daughter, Eleanor, and their dog, Farley. One White Lie is her first thriller.

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Praise for One White Lie

This fast-paced but nuanced thrill ride grabbed me on the first page and didn't let go. With spare, haunting prose, a tense and richly wrought setting, intricate plotting, and twists that would make Hitchcock himself gasp, One White Lie is a masterful debut. Thriller fans, meet your new favourite author

Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night

One White Lie hooked me from the start. This book has everything-engaging characters, a unique story, and an ending that will blow you away

Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

Leah Konen hits it out of the park with her debut suspense, One White Lie, in which a faked death goes horribly awry. Konen delivers with Lucy, who escapes to rustic Woodstock for a fresh start, only to discover her new neighbours are harbouring disturbing secrets of their own. A sly, up-all-night thriller that ends with a surprising bang

Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife

I love Konen's writing style - One White Lie is super pacy and whizzes you along - before you know it, the minutes have turned into hours! I couldn't put it down until I knew how it ended

Sandie Jones, bestselling author of The Other Woman

Remarkably insidious. Puts a sick smile on your face. Extremely readable

Caroline Kepnes, bestselling author of You

Reads like the best Hitchcock film never made... Konen keeps the earth shifting beneath you as she expertly cranks up the suspense with a cast of characters as quietly slippery as they are intriguing and then, once she's you're on the edge of your seat with tension and unease, the twists keep on coming right up to the final page. I read it in one sitting. An assured and astonishing debut from an author destined to become a big name in thriller fiction

Sarah Pinborough

Believable twists imbue the narrative's urgency as each character's secrets are spilled and as Lucy's past catches up with her. Lucy's credible fears about Davis elicit empathy. Konen should win a new set of fans with this domestic thriller.

Publishers Weekly

One White Lie is compulsively readable. A gripping page-turner. The tension builds with every page. Each shocking twist is followed by an even more shocking twist. This is one of those books you'll want to read again the moment you finish. A masterful psychological thriller that will leave you breathless

Lisa Regan, bestselling author of Vanishing Girls

Intense, unpredictable and completely addictive - One White Lie is everything a great psychological thriller should be

TM Logan, bestselling author of The Holiday

A swift, compelling thriller with unexpected swoops and swerves.


It's rare that a novel keeps me guessing until the very last page-but One White Lie delivers in a big way. If you crave an escape from the real world, this is the book for you. It's absolutely terrific

Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling co-author of The Wife Between Us

Even the biggest thriller fan will struggle to guess the ending of this twisty, gorgeously written debut

Rolling Stone

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