Emma Dibdin

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Emma Dibdin is a journalist who writes about television and the arts.  She has been an editor at Hearst for four years, and her work has appeared in EsquireMarie ClaireHarper’s BazaarCosmopolitanTotal Film, and Indiewire.  Born and raised in Oxford, she currently lives in New York City. 


Latest publication THROUGH HIS EYES - Head of Zeus - August 2018

Jessica Harris has just received a career-making assignment. She's going to interview Clark Conrad A-list Hollywood heart-throb and Jessica's secret teenage crush. Clark's going through a messy divorce, and wants to rebrand himself in the public eye.

But halfway through her interview, Clark's teenage daughter is found floating facedown in his infinity pool. And then his young girlfriend accuses him of abuse.

As Clark's world darkens, Jessica is drawn to help him. This is the man she's always dreamed of being close to. And now he needs her. He can't be the monster they say he is... can he?



'The cult-themed mystery The Room By the Lake, is first on my holiday reading list.' Guy Lodge, Observer Summer Picks 2017

'A brilliant psychological drama.' Always Trust in Books

'A convincing picture of a damaged, traumatised individual.' What Cathy Read Next

'Daughter of the late, great Michael Dibdin takes her literary talents in a different direction, with a debut slow-burning thriller.' The Sunday Times Crime Club

'A slow burn with a lot of psychological insight ... A solid read.' Novel Gossip

'The writing is fresh, and as the book opens, there is a real crackle and energy to it.' TripFiction

'A fascinating, intense psychological suspense novel that I highly recommend. It's one of those books that really gets under your skin and haunts your thoughts.' Rather Too Fond of Books

'Fast-paced, easy read filled with tension. A great debut.' Go Buy the Book

'A smart and thought-provoking mystery.' Once Upon a Page

'Emma Dibdin hooked me from the beginning with her own style and flare, and I didn't come up for air until I had turned the last page ... A sinister, haunting, and warning tale ... I highly recommend it.' Books of All Kinds


Publication DetailsNotes


Faced with a bad situation – and one that’s only getting worse – who hasn’t ever wanted just to up-sticks and go? Stuff some clothes in a bag, grab the passport and head for Heathrow? Find a place where your troubles can’t find you – somewhere you can disappear. In a split second that’s what Caitlin Moss chooses to do one midsummer evening, but without intending to disappear forever.

And where better for a new start, a new story, than New York? The city in the summer heat is full of people who don’t belong there, all looking for something, anything, to attach to. And when Caitlin’s at her lowest and most lonely, and soon down to her bottom dollars, she finds Jake. Jake is perfect – handsome, smart, funny, and a little damaged round the edges; and it seems Caitlin is exactly what he’s been looking for too. How could she not fall in love with him? And how after a perfect few days, could she resist Jake taking her out of the city, borrowing a car from a friend, and heading to his parents’ cabin upstate? Fresh air and a fresh perspective will do Caitlin good, get her head straight, clear out her mind, wash it clean…

Waking up in the perfect calm of a sun-kissed lakeside house with Jake (so much grander than the holiday cabin she expected) is almost too good to be true. Caitlin’s problems, her past, and the person she used to be, all seem so far away. But when, within minutes, that perfect calm is shattered, and events race away from her, Caitlin can’t know just how close to being lost forever she really is.

Precise, chilling, and whip-smart, THE ROOM BY THE LAKE is English journalist Emma Dibdin’s first novel.