Sadie Pearse’s emotionally resonant novel, One of the Familyis published today in the UK by Sphere, Little Brown.


Samantha Jackson has been missing for eighteen years. Then, out of nowhere, she gets back in touch with her sister.

Sam needs Freya – now a grown woman with a family of her own – to take in her son.

But Dino is not a happy child, despite the warmth of Freya’s family he cannot settle. He startles at loud noises and he’s prone to angry, violent outbursts. He’s one of the family, Freya knows he is, but why doesn’t it feel like that?

In order to keep her daughters safe, Freya is forced to go in search of the truth. What is going on with Dino, and what really happened to her sister the night she left?

Reviews from advance readers have been outstanding ahead of publication:

A very emotional read that would be a sure fire hit for book clubs . . .the book stays with you long after you read it

An uputdownable book . . . definitely one to suggest in my book club’

‘A thought-provoking read with many high and low moments along the way . . . a great read

‘It plays with your emotions, lingers in your mind, an exhilarating and thought-provoking read

A beautiful story talking about real life issues. A truly sensitive and gripping novel . . . Sadie Pearse does this with such great storytelling

Very well written and the characters were believable. Highly recommended

Sadie Pearse has also received some brilliant endorsements for her writing:

‘Excellent read, perfect for book clubs . . . An important and moving story’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Both thought-provoking and emotional’ The Sun

An incredibly accomplished novel’ Cathy Bramley

Sadie Pearse worked as a book editor and creative mentor before starting to write full-time. She has published nine women’s fiction novels under the pseudonyms Vanessa Greene and Abby Clements. She lives in north London with her husband and two young children.

A huge congratulations on this exciting day, Sadie.