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Sam Blake

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Sam Blake has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut novel ‘Little Bones’ (Bonnier 2016) was a runaway bestseller.  Across all her books Sam has been an Eason No 1 bestseller for ten weeks, an Irish Times No 1 for six weeks, and has been listed in the Irish top ten for a total of twenty-seven weeks. Both her first novel ‘Little Bones’‘The Dark Room’  and ‘Remember My Name’ were shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year (2016 & 2021). Sam Blake is represented by Literary Agent Simon Trewin.

Moving away from police procedurals, now writing ‘deliciously twisted’ (Daily Mail) bestselling psychological thrillers, Sam’s focus is on strong female characters and ‘creating genuine page turners with metronomic timing.’ (Sunday Business Post).

Sam is originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire but has lived at the foot of the Wicklow mountains, for more years than she lived in the UK. Follow her on social @samblakebooks. Visit and get a free e-book High Pressure when you join her Readers’ Club.

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the award winning national writing resources website She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication.

Vanessa/Sam is a board member of the Society of Authors and the CWA, and the founder of the Murder ONE International Crime Writing Festival – Ireland’s first designated crime festival, which first took place in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, in November 2018.

Her latest bestseller, The Mystery of Four is out now (Jan 2023)

Other Awards

Little Bones (Bonnier 2016) shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2016

The Dark Room (Corvus 2021) shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2021

Remember My Name (Corvus 2021) shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2022 : Gold Award winner at Irish Blog Awards – and multiple other awards including European Business Magazine Gold Award winner.

Books by Sam Blake

  • Remember My Name Remember My Name

    Hive Amazon

  • Keep Your Eyes on Me Keep Your Eyes on Me


  • The Dark Room The Dark Room


  • No Turning Back No Turning Back


  • In Deep Water In Deep Water


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