An exclusive short story for members of the AJ Campbell Readers Club.


Warning signs presented themselves from the start. Flashing like the neon displays in Piccadilly Circus, they couldn’t have advertised things more clearly. But Abbie was too troubled to see clearly. Too damaged to see the dangers Tony Sharpe brought into her life. Until the day he pushed her too far.

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 About AJ


AJ Campbell is the debut author of the bestselling novel Leave Well Alone, which readers describe as ‘a gripping story with a killer twist’. An alumna of the Faber Academy, AJ writes in the psychological suspense, thriller and mystery genres. Her latest novel Don’t Come Looking, although a standalone story, is a sequel to her debut and was released in April 2021.


The human mind and how different people react to each other and interact in society fascinates AJ. She draws inspiration for her novels from many facets of everyday life. Asking, ‘How can that have possibly happened?’ AJ loves to immerse herself in developing threads, plotting and letting her creative energy help her characters evolve.


Until the birth of her twins in 2005, which radically changed her life, AJ worked as an accountant in London. One of her twins was born with severe disabilities, as a result of which she had to give up work to care for him.  During this incredibly challenging (and rewarding) time, AJ began to draw on her love of the written word, partly for daily inspiration and partly for her own mental health. 


Reading or writing, AJ loves nothing more than settling down with a good book. She enjoys reading most genres, especially thought-provoking novels that beg the question - what would I have done in that situation?


AJ lives on the Essex / Hertfordshire border with her husband, two of her three sons, and her cocker spaniel, Max. She is a firm believer in daily exercise for mental health and enjoys walking Max in the local fields. AJ also loves cooking oriental food while sipping a good glass of white wine.



An online book club for the busy person - let's get reading!



If, like me, you love the opportunity and excuse to escape into a 'good read', then you'll love our online book club, Novels & Natter. We're a friendly group, and each month we chat about the books we've read in addition to our latest book club title! We keep each other motivated to take that 'me time' that reading gives us.


Our monthly book club picks are from across genres and are ones that make us look forward to bedtime – never ones where reading every paragraph proves a mental challenge. Each month, a club member receives a free copy of the following month’s title, and there’s plenty of reading inspiration flying around from our members, plus quizzes and competitions from me. And don’t worry, there’s no pressure to read every book every month. Oh, and what goes on in the club, stays in the club!


Click on the link below, and come and say hi. I look forward to welcoming you personally.

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