Annie Ward

Annie Ward

Beautiful Bad

Park Row

An explosive and twisted psychological thriller — a perfect love story leads to the perfect crime.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry . . . That something is really, really, wrong with me.


Maddie and Ian’s romance began at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now years later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect life. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tumultuous past with Jo.


From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime where a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

“As touching and thought-provoking as it is terrifying, Beautiful Bad will leave readers spellbound.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author