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Kerry Daynes

"Enthralling and terrifying. The Dark Side of the Mind is a chilling glimpse into a world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood."
Professor Dame Sue Black, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All That Remains

Kerry Daynes is a registered Consultant Forensic Psychologist with twenty-five years of frontline experience. She was often invited to act as psychological specialist in major police investigations and as a trusted advisor to the British government regarding the safe management of high-risk individuals. Part of her day job still involves acting as an expert witness in court, for parole boards and training the police. She now spends the majority of her time trying to affect change from the outside as an advocate for better conversations around crime, justice and mental health. She is a patron of the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Talking2Minds and, as a victim of stalking herself, acts as a spokeswoman for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust's stalking-related campaigns.

Kerry is the person the TV networks turn to for expert commentary. Highly respected and known for her knowledgeable but personable delivery and sparky personality, she has contributed to numerous high-profile documentaries. These have been shown on BBC, ITV, C5, The History Channel, Discovery, CBS Reality, The Crime & Investigation Network, BBC International and more. She is also 'The Profiler' in the award-nominated series Faking It: Tears of a Crime.


Books by Kerry Daynes

What Lies Buried: A forensic psychologist’s true stories of madness, the bad and the misunderstood

Rights : Endeavour / Hachette UK (UKCexC)

'Pacy and gripping. Daynes uses her trademark mix of humour and humanity to shine a light on those we rarely get to hear from. A brilliant, important and sensitive book.'
Sarah Langford, barrister and author of In Your Defence

'What Lies Buried is an exceptional book . . . I could not put it down.'
Female First, 5* review

The sensational new book from the author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Dark Side of the Mind

Kerry Daynes, leading forensic psychologist, opens up the case files of some of her most perplexing clients to uncover what lies buried behind some of the most extreme and disturbing behaviour.

For twenty-five years, Kerry has worked on the frontline of violent crime, from working with the police on complex cases and acting as an expert witness in court, to advising the government on how to handle high-risk individuals.

Whether she is dealing with a young murderer who says he has heard voices telling him to kill, a teacher who daubs children in red paint, or an aspiring serial killer who faints at the sight of blood, Kerry's quest is to delve beyond the classic question asked of her profession: 'Are they mad or are they bad?'

In her new book, Kerry provides an unflinching, enlightening and provocative insight into the minds of her clients, shedding light on the root causes of their behaviour and challenging our notions about who, and what, is dangerous.

The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist

Rights : Octopus / Hachette UK (UKCexC), Otwarte (Polish), Bertrand (Portuguese), Eksmo (Russian), Seidosha (Japanese), BWP (Taiwan). Nona (Swedish)

** The Sunday Times top 10 Bestseller **

'Enthralling and terrifying. The Dark Side of the Mind is a chilling glimpse into a world of miscreants, monsters and the misunderstood.'
Professor Dame Sue Black, author of the Sunday Times bestseller All That Remains

'A stunning, insightful, provocative piece of work. Wonderfully written and full of honesty. A powerful excavation of the world of a forensic psychologist.'
Barbara Machin, creator and writer of Waking The Dead

'Kerry Daynes delves into the minds of psychopaths in a fascinating memoir.'
Katya Edwards, Daily Mail

'Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how they might be more effectively treated. Her book is funny, wise and thoroughly gripping.'
Jake Kerridge, writer and critic

'Grimly fascinating - a timely and gripping exploration of mental health issues in the criminal justice system from an author intimately acquainted with its dark heart.'
Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

'Kerry Daynes writes with knowledgeable insight on a side of people - and the criminal system that purports to treat them - that many would prefer to leave alone. The humour and psychological skills that have enabled her survival shine through.'
Jessica Fellowes, author of The Mitford Murders

Welcome to the world of the forensic psychologist, where the people you meet are wildly unpredictable and often frightening.

The job: to delve into the psyche of convicted men and women to try to understand what lies behind their often brutal actions.

Follow in the footsteps of Kerry Daynes, one of the most sought-after forensic psychologists in the business and consultant on major police investigations.

Kerry's job has taken her to the cells of maximum-security prisons, police interview rooms, the wards of secure hospitals and the witness box of the court room.

Her work has helped solve a cold case, convict the guilty and prevent a vicious attack.

Spending every moment of your life staring into the darker side of life comes with a price. Kerry's frank memoir gives an unforgettable insight into the personal and professional dangers in store for a female psychologist working with some of the most disturbing men and women.