Helen Matthews writes page-turning psychological suspense novels and is fascinated by the darker side of human nature and how a life can change in an instant. Her debut novel was suspense thriller After Leaving the Village, which won first prize in the opening pages of a novel category at Winchester Writers' Festival, and was published by Hashtag Press. This was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France. Her third novel Façade was published by Darkstroke Books in 2020 and her latest, The Girl in the Van, a chilling page-turner, published in spring 2022 by Darkstroke Books, which became a UK Kindle bestseller on publication day.
Born in Cardiff, Helen read English at the University of Liverpool and worked in international development, consultancy, human resources and pensions management. She fled corporate life to work freelance while studying for a Creative Writing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Her stories and flash fiction have been shortlisted and published by Flash 500, 1000K Story, Reflex Press, Artificium and Love Sunday magazine.
Helen is an Ambassador for the charity, Unseen, which works towards a world without slavery and donates her author talk fees, and a percentage of royalties, to the charity.