Beautiful Bad (Paperback)
March 2019 Indie Next List
“In her dark and atmospheric thriller, Ward has created characters that seep under your skin and take you on a suspense-filled, unforgettable ride. We follow Ian and Maddie from their first meeting in the war-torn Balkans to New York City and end up in suburban Kansas, witnessing their story unfold, twisting and turning along the way, until it ultimately implodes. What really happened and who can you believe?”
— Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL
It seemed like such a beautiful marriage... Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, they are married with a beautiful son, Charlie, and living the perfect suburban life in middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian, her concerns for the safety of their young son and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo. From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan and finally to an ordinary family 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.