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


After graduating as an alumna of the Faber Academy, AJ published her debut novel Leave Well Alone in August 2020 which became an Amazon bestseller. Readers lucky enough to have received a pre-release copy, described it as ‘a gripping story with a killer twist’. 


While editing Leave Well Alone, AJ began work on its sequel, Don’t Come Looking, with the inception of her third domestic thriller, already making its way from her mind to her Mac!


AJ draws inspiration from many facets of everyday life and especially how challenging events impact us all in different ways. The human mind and how different people react to each other, and interact in society, fascinates her. Asking, ‘How can that have possibly happened?’ AJ immerses herself in developing threads, plotting and letting her creative energy help her characters evolve. She seldom concludes her protagonist’s initial storyline, but a far better version based on where her characters lead her. 


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. It was during this incredibly challenging (and rewarding) time that AJ began to draw on her love of the written word, partly for day-to-day inspiration and partly for her own mental health. As in every aspect of life, AJ has a thirst for learning and she took several creative writing courses.


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


AJ is a firm believer in daily exercise for mental health and loves walking in the fields with her cocker spaniel, Max. She lives on the Essex / Hertfordshire border with her husband and three sons.



AJ's Reading Corner

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 my online book club, AJ’s Reading Corner. 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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