Beautiful Bad (Original)

Annie Ward (Author)


"Filled with unexpected twists, Beautiful Bad is a riveting read." --Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Anonymous Girl

"The ending will leave you staggered." --Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

In the tradition of
Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes a riveting psychological thriller about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.

It seemed like such a beautiful marriage...

Maddie and Ian's love story began at a party overseas, while she was visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, they are married with a beautiful son and living the perfect American life. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian, her concerns for her safety, and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the electric streets of the Balkans to a quiet suburb in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion, culminate in the Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime. Twisty and utterly original, Beautiful Bad shows that appearances are deceptive and even the most seemingly perfect couples have something to hide.

Product Details

Park Row
Publish Date
March 05, 2019
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.0 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Ward has a Masters in Screenwriting from UCLA, and her film "Strange Habit," starring Joey Lauren Adams (of "Chasing Amy" fame), was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the first place Grand Jury Prize winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She is currently living in Sofia, where she is working on a project for her Fulbright Scholarship until the fall of this year, while writing a screenplay for Millennium Films at the same time.


"Harrowing.... Evocative descriptions and strong senses of time and place complement the intricate, intelligent plot, which shocks and chills." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sometimes, a book completely takes you on a ride, and there's nothing you can do but hold on and keep turning the pages....You'll be so intrigued to find out who the killer is, you won't stop until you do." --Real Simple

"Readers need to be off-the-charts clever to figure out who's going to kill whom in this disturbing novel." --Toronto Star

"Ward writes with the same compelling energy as you get in a blockbuster Netflix series. The original storyline and the expertly drawn minor characters will leave you suspecting everyone - and trusting no one." --Daily Mail

"Beautiful Bad is beautifully written, beautifully twisty - and beautifully twisted. A dark thriller with real psychological depth." -JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

"As imaginatively constructed as it is compelling. Filled with unexpected twists, Beautiful Bad is a riveting read." -Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Anonymous Girl

"You won't be able to tear yourself away from the page. With fascinating characters that chill and horrify, the ending will leave you staggered." -Liv Constantine, author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrish

"Annie Ward explores a battle-scarred marriage on the brink of disaster in this deft debut. As touching and thought-provoking as it is terrifying, BEAUTIFUL BAD will leave readers spellbound. A buzzworthy read!" --Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and When the Lights Go Out

"A well-constructed thriller... brilliantly conceived... would do Patricia Highsmith proud." --Booklist

"Recommended for fans of Paula Hawkins, Ruth Ware, and Liane Moriarty." --Library Journal

"Utterly gripping and thrillingly original - I loved the unique settings. Cannot recommend this book highly enough." --Karen Hamilton, #1 bestselling author of The Perfect Girlfriend