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The Girl in the Van is going on a blog tour with Rachel's Random Resources. If you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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The Girl in the Van by Helen Matthews


Genre: Psychological suspense /suspense thriller

Tour Dates: 25th - 31st March 2022

Publication Date: 17 March 2022

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count: 300

Formats available: Mobi, Epub or PDF

Author Content Warning: drugs; mild sex; moderate violence.

Types of post available: Review Only

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A tormented mother. An abandoned girl. A deadly game of survival.


What happened to Ellie? 


Traumatised by events, Ellie's mother, Laura, can’t bear to stay in the Welsh seaside town where she lives with her partner, Gareth. She escapes to London, breaking all ties with him, and refusing to tell anyone her new address. 


After two years of living alone and working in a mundane job, Laura buys an old campervan and joins a singles holiday. Here, she meets Miriana, a teenage girl who bears a chilling resemblance to Ellie. As Laura uncovers Miriana’s story, she’s shocked by the parallels to her own life.


But stories can be dangerous, and someone out there will stop at nothing to prevent the truth about Ellie from coming out…

About Helen Matthews

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 fourth novel The Girl in the Van, a suspense thriller with dark contemporary themes will be published by Darkstroke Books in March 2022. Previous novels include  After Leaving the Village, which won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival, and was followed by Lies Behind the Ruin, domestic noir set in France, published by Hashtag Press. Her third novel Façade was published by Darkstroke in September 2020.

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.

She is a keen cyclist, covering long distances if there aren’t any hills, sings in a choir and once appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall, New York in a multi-choir performance. She loves spending time in France. 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.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Maximum 3 stops per day.  Confirmed blogs will appear here. 

25th March

  1. Read and Rated

  2. Brook Cottage Books

  3. sharon beyond the books

26th March

  1. Confessions of a Bookaholic

  2. Stacey Hammond

  3. B for bookreview

27th March

  1. Library_of_lucyg

  2. Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews

  3. once upon a time book reviews

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