They Thought I Was Dead: Sandy's Story

Peter James

09 May 2024
480 pages


Creator of Her Majesty Queen Camilla’s favourite fictional detective.

23 million books sold.

'One of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world' - Lee Child

Peter James, the number one, multi-million copy bestselling author of the Grace series returns to finally reveal the events of Roy Grace’s tortured past – the truth behind his wife’s disappearance. Thrillingly told from her perspective, this is Sandy’s story.

Some will know how it begins . . .

My name is Sandy.
My husband is Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.
But when I disappeared, even he couldn't find me . . .

This is my story.

There's more to Sandy than meets the eye. A woman with a dubious past, a complicated present and an uncertain future.
Then she was gone.

Some will think they know how it ends . . .

Her disappearance caused a nationwide search. Even the best detective on the force couldn't find her.
They thought she was dead.

But nobody knows this . . .

Where did she go? Why did she run? What would cause a woman to leave her whole life behind and
simply vanish?

For the first time the truth behind Sandy Grace’s dramatic disappearance is revealed. They Thought I Was Dead will thrill fans and new readers alike with its gripping story of a woman on the run. This is Sandy's story.


'One of the best crime writers in the business' - Karin Slaughter

'This is the one I’ve been waiting for. And it’s a masterpiece of suspense. I quite literally couldn’t put it down - even when I was supposed to be doing other things . . .' - Barbara Erskine, author of The Dream Weavers

Typically, They Thought I Was Dead is a brilliantly fast-paced thriller with more twists and turns than a Tour de France descent. No doubt it’ll be eagerly read by fans.
Sinister and riveting . . . Peter James is one of the best British crime writers, and therefore one of the best in the world
Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business