Heleyne has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.
She has been writing since she was very young – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University.
The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.
Heleyne's second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.
Forgotten: a powerful psychological thriller
What if you woke up in a strange place and didn't know who you were?
A woman wakes up in a Thai hospital unaware of how she got there or who she is. The doctor names her Kai, the Thai word for fever.
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Fracture: a stunning suspense thriller
After leaving university and a violent relationship behind, Rosie flies to Australia to spend some time with her uncle, Charlie, and his wife, Rita.
Trying to regain some of her lost confidence she hikes along the coast for a day. She's horrified to see a body on the beach. However the 'body' is the very much alive and enigmatic Alfie. The two women become friends and spend time together in Sydney where Alfie's wild nature becomes apparent. When Alfie is attacked the situation takes a turn for the worse and they decide to leave the city.
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