Best-selling Barbara back with new book

Former Standard writer Barbara Copperthwaite.
Former Standard writer Barbara Copperthwaite.

A former Skegness Standard journalist is hoping to repeat the success of her best-selling debut novel with her second psychological thriller.

Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite went on sale on Monday.

It takes as its subject a serial killer terrorising women. Billed as a ‘whydunnit’, it explores the character’s journey from innocent youth to his current homicidal state.

Last year, the 42-year-old’s debut novel Invisible went on sale and became an Amazon top ten best seller.

Skegness has provided inspiration for this new book, with a section being set at the resort.

Barbara, who worked for the Standard from 1993 to 1996 and now lives in Birmingham, said: “I was raised in Skegness, attended the grammar school, and worked on the Standard; the town is part of who I am.

“Although I don’t live there any more, I still return all the time.

“There is something about a visit to the beach there that feeds my soul like nothing else.

“The town is famous for being a seaside resort, of course, and I wanted to capture some of its beauty.

“In a way, that section of the novel is my love letter to the beach I grew up on.”