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'SPINE TINGLING' Mail on Sunday
Daily Mail
'QUIRKY, VIVID, ORIGINAL' Maggie Gee, novelist
'A REMARKABLE DEBUT' Katie Fforde, novelist

Full list of reviews here

'Visceral and unsettling... A smart and gripping debut that saves its best for last'

chris cleave, #1 new york times bestselling novelist



Laura Powell

CORNWALL. 1956. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends on St Steele to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty's world changes. She is instantly transfixed by the mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher.

As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

  • Amazon 'Rising Star'
  • Glamour Magazine Book Club
  • Sainsbury's Book Club
  • Book of the Week, The Sun
  • Winner of a New Writer's Bursary

Out in the US in February 2018

 US & Canada edition

US & Canada edition



6 Feb 2018 Released in the US & Canada

26 Nov 2017 Publishers Weekly review 'Thoroughly satisfying and suspenseful'

14 Nov 2017 Kirkus review 'Haunting'


October 2017 Cardiff Literature Festival

August 2017 Margate Bookie

June 2017 Balham Literary Festival

October 2016 Cardiff Literature Festival

August 2016 Margate Bookie

July 2016 Rhiwbina Summer Festival

May 2016 Hay Festival 






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'A spine-tingling story of the secrets we choose to keep.' 
- Mail on Sunday

'Intrigue, suspense and a unique story. The author is annoyingly talented and I devoured this book in a day.' 
- The Sun

'Forbidden love. A serial killer on the loose. A huge moral dilemma... Bid your to-do list goodbye because you're not going to be able to put it down.' 
- Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine

'The plot rattles along with plenty of red herrings... until the killer twist.' 
- Daily Mail

'Assured and intriguing... with a slight Broadchurch feel.' 
- Sunday Herald

Haunting and complex… A satisfying mystery as well as a complex portrait of the effects of emotional trauma and mental illness.”
– Kirkus Reviews

'A beautifully complex story about coming of age and learning what really matters.' 
- For The Love Of Books

'A clever first book by a remarkable new voice. Laura Powell has all the makings of becoming one of modern literature's greats.' 
- Sogo Magazine

'The Unforgotten has all the classic page-turner ingredients.'
- Emerald Street, Stylist

'In her thoroughly satisfying and suspenseful debut, Powell offers a twisty, dark murder mystery that is as much about taboos and secrets as it is a whodunit... The final twist will catch many readers unaware, as will the surprising emotional heft.'
- Publishers Weekly


'Visceral and unsettling... A smart and gripping debut that saves its best for last'
- Chris Cleave, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist

'A quirky, vivid, original writer.' 
- Maggie Gee OBE, novelist

'An eerie and sorrowful tale, beautifully-told: a hugely impressive debut.' 
- Joanna Kavenna, novelist

'Gripping from the first page, this is a remarkable debut. I highly recommend it.' 
- Katie Fforde, novelist



Laura is a Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph. In the past she has worked as a Features Writer at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, where she was originally recruited on the Graduate Trainee Reporter Scheme. She has contributed features to numerous magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard, Grazia, Company, Easy Living, The Lady, Stylist and Homes & Gardens. 

She has also worked as Deputy Editor of Economia, the UK's largest monthly business magazine, and as Managing Editor of Elite Traveler, a US luxury travel and lifestyle magazine. 



LAURA POWELL is a Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph. She has worked as a Features Writer at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and as Deputy Editor of Economia and Managing Editor of Elite Traveler. She has written features and interviews for The Guardian, The Observer, the Evening Standard, and various women’s magazines.

Laura has won several awards including a Scott Trust Bursary from the Guardian Media Group and a New Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales. She read English Literature at the University of Warwick, completed her MA at Goldsmiths, University of London and she is also a graduate of the Faber Academy. Originally from Wales, she now lives in London.

The Unforgotten is her first novel.



Agent and UK enquiries: Norah Perkins at Curtis Brown

Publicist (US): Meagan Harris at Gallery Books - Simon & Schuster

Editor (US): Jackie Cantor at Gallery Books - Simon & Schuster