The first Ed James novel of 2022 is now out on preorder! A standalone psychological thriller starring a troubled father hunting for his missing teenage daughter in the Scottish Highlands, having to rely on his recent ex-wife to help.

Cover to Lost Cause
“A storming novel, so packed full of tension that I read it in a day.”
— Mark Edwards, bestselling author of The Magpies, Follow You Home and The Hollows.

The only one who can find your daughter?
The woman you just divorced

Mark Campbell is in trouble. Deep trouble.

His latest book is five years late and his recent divorce has cleaned him out.Worse, his debts with Vic Hebden aren’t exactly the kind you consolidate loans into one easy payment. And he’s missed three payments.

But Mark has a plan — finish his novel, then pay Hebden off with the advance. His student daughter, Kay, is spending her summer holiday researching locations in the far north of Scotland, ahead of a father-daughter holiday.

Desperate to add her research to his book, the hotel calls — Kay has run off, leaving a big bill, her phone and a copy of Mark’s last book, BREAK THE CHAIN.

There’s only one person to turn to — his ex, Olivia. Kay’s stepmother. A Glasgow cop still angry at their recent divorce.

As they hunt the Scottish Highlands for his daughter, Mark starts to realise Kay’s disappearance could have something to do with BREAK THE CHAIN, the novel where his research exposed a cult founder’s real life sexual abuse.

Has Kay run away from Mark? Does Hebden have her? Or could Kay have succumbed to the clutches of someone from the cult? And can Mark and Olivia save her in time?

Audiobook cover for Lost Cause

It’s out on the 1st May 2022 in kindle, paperback and—for the first time in what feels like years—audiobook!

Preorder here

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I know there’s a lot of these news updates coming out just now, just getting my year all scheduled, so do bear with me…


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