Sam Blake has been writing crime fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks, and she had an idea for a book. Her debut novel ‘Little Bones’ (Bonnier 2016) was No 1 in Ireland for four weeks, remained in the top 10 for another four, and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. It launched the bestselling Cat Connolly trilogy. Moving away from police procedurals Sam is keeping a focus on strong female characters, writing psychological thrillers for Corvus Books. ‘Keep Your Eyes On Me’ went straight to No 1 in January 2020 and ‘The Dark Room’ hit the bestseller list in January 2021, outselling Graham Norton and staying in the top ten for over a month.

Sam Blake is the pen name for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of, The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and Murder One, Ireland’s International Crime Writing Festival. Find out more at, or and follow her on social @samblakebooks

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