Kate Riordan is the author of six novels and short stories. The Girl in the Photograph, a Sunday Times bestseller, is a haunting dual timeline novel about two women entwined by fate, published by Penguin in 2015 and described in the Sunday Times as ‘rich and atmospheric’ and a must-read for fans of Du Maurier’s Rebecca. It was Penguin’s bestselling e-book that summer. She has had three historical novels published by Penguin in the UK— The Girl in the Photograph, The Shadow Hour and The Stranger, which have sold in excess of 150,000 copies and been praised for their atmospheric evocation of 19th century England. The Stranger was a Top Ten Red Magazine choice of that year.
Published in September 2020, The Heatwave was a must-read Richard and Judy Book Club Thriller pick. A tense psychological thriller, set in Provence, it went to No.1 in the Apple Fiction Chart. Published in 2022, Summer Fever has been praised as a ‘sexy, sultry immersive read’.
Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist. She started out as an editorial assistant at the Guardian, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the lifestyle section of Time Out. Kate has written for Red, Stella, British Airways’ High Life, Grand Design magazine, the Guardian, Grazia, Living etc, and the Sunday Times.
Kate lives in the Cotswolds with two rescue dogs and is at work on her new novel. If you’re writing mystery, suspense, or historical fiction you’ll find Kate a supportive and inspiring tutor.