Luana Lewis

S.L. Lewis taken by Guy HearnLuana Lewis is a clinical psychologist and author of two non-fiction books: An Adult’s Guide to Childhood Trauma (1999, Cape Town: David Phillip Publishers) and Dealing with Rape (1994,Johannesburg: Maskew Miller Longman).  As well as writing for several newspapers, magazines and journals, she has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.  She has also attended workshops at Arvon and City Lit.  

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE is her début novel, a gripping psychological thriller about a reclusive psychologist who is forced to confront trauma from her past and secrets in her marriage.

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DON’T STAND SO CLOSE (Random House/Transworld, February 2014)

Don't Stand So Close by Luana Lewis

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help?
What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave?
What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic  memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her…


  • World: Madeleine Milburn Agency
  • UK & Commonwealth: Random House/Transworld
  • Dutch: De Bezige Bij/Cargo
  • German: Goldmann
  • Italian: Longanesi
  • Korean: Arumdri Media Publishing Co.
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Rocco
  • Turkish: Kahve