Adele Parks on the Ultimate Betrayal

My new novel is out and I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and…well you know how it goes. BOTH OF YOU is a twisty, dark domestic thriller where more than one character does just that; loses control.

Two women go missing from their homes in the same week. One a content stepmother to a couple of boys who lives in a terrace house; the other is married to a handsome, wealthy Dutch banker and, childfree, she lives in a glamourous penthouse. Seemingly, they have nothing in common, other than the fact they are both reputedly happy, married and (now) missing.

However, the DC on the case suspects their disappearances might be linked. She wants to find the two women and bring them home. She’s up against a clock but determined to discover who or what took them away from their homes, and where they are now. The truth may be shocking. Devastating.

This is a novel about wanting the impossible, jealousy, retribution, loyalty and love. All the stuff that holds a family together…and tears it apart. I hope you LOVE it. I really do!

So I’ve been debating how much I should tell you about researching this novel because what is a spoiler in one person’s mind is a premise in another’s.

If you think you already believe this book is enticing enough STOP READING THIS NOW (you can buy it here!) because you might think what I’m about to reveal is a spoiler. If you want to know more then…


Inside the mind of a bigamist

Sadly, everyone knows someone who has been cheated on. People are complicated and fidelity is hard work sometimes; it requires willpower, self-control and resolute loyalty which is just impossible for a lot of people. The good news is, whilst many of us have been two-timed, most of us bounce back.

We shrug and accept that straying happens in some relationships. We can opt to kick their sorry arses out the door (cue the repeat playing of Gloria Gaynor ‘I Will Survive’) or some decide to turn a blind eye, deciding whatever has gone on is an unworthy fling, beneath notice. The third person in the relationship can be minimised, dismissed as ‘a bit on the side’. Not the real deal. 

However, it’s not so easy to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, if your spouse is not just having an affair, but married to the other person too. Suddenly, your revered position as the one they made the vows to is invalid.

Bigamy is the ultimate betrayal a spouse can commit. Whilst researching the storyline of BOTH OF YOU I corresponded with a number of bigamists and their victims. I wanted to get inside the heads of people who think they are above the law in this way. Can I tell you, inside a bigamist’s head is a murky place to dwell! But I pushed through the quagmire of self-justification, self-delusion and out-and-out chaos because it’s an exciting topic to bring to the page and I wanted my character to be authentic. I hope I’ve brought you a profoundly thought-provoking, completely different domestic drama.

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of BOTH OF YOU. Please do get in touch and let me know. You can reach me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to my newsletter here.

Happy reading peeps!



Both Of You is the stunning new book from Sunday Times Number One bestselling Adele Parks. Out now.

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