Welcome to the website of American-Australian suspense author, Diane Hester.


Coming May 1st, 2022

Grieving widow Andrea Vaughn is swept into a world of obsession when she takes on the job of snake catcher for her small Australian country town. Handling the world’s most venomous snakes gives her a sense of power over death but little does she know some of the scenarios she’s encountering have been staged by a madman. Renegade cop, Dev Jenkins, is convinced a serial killer is on the loose using snakes to murder his victims. But can he convince Andy in time?

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Mark of Guilt

What happens when a psychic university student manifests the wounds of the murder victims she sees in her visions?

‘A compelling read with an explosive ending. This book kept me up long into the night.’
Australian author of Deadman’s Track.

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No Good Deed

From Daphne du Maurier Award Finalist comes a romantic thriller set against the Adelaide Hills of Australia about secret identities, hidden agendas, and how fate always wins in the end.

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Die for Me

A stay-up-all-night thriller about fate, atonement, and the evil that hides in unlikely places.

Some debts should never be repaid.

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Run to Me

Finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing.

A woman on the edge. A boy on the run. A race to save each other.

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Hit and Run

Raina Wilkins has little to live for. Until she’s forced on the run with a wanted killer and a homeless teen with a deadly secret.

‘Twisty, compelling, and relentlessly suspenseful. Diane Hester is a master of her craft.'
Anthony, Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark award winning author.

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Greetings and thanks for stopping by. Just so you know, I don't write mystery, I don't write crime, I write suspense. (To learn how I view the distinction, click here) I write fast-paced stories about ordinary people thrust into danger who discover within themselves the courage to be heroes. My stories frequently feature strong women and child characters and contain romantic and women's fiction elements.

My author pledge: While there's always the element of danger in my stories, when it comes to graphic violence and coarse language I'm a firm believer that less is more. And while my characters often go through hell I usually reward them with an uplifting ending.

Praise for Diane's books

Run to Me

’The author makes good use of her rustic setting and clearly understand the value of sympathetic characters and the thrill of narrow escapes.’
Publishers Weekly

‘Hester keeps the reader guessing right until the end. A terrific first novel from an author we’ll no doubt see more of.’
Sophia Whitfield, Culture Street

‘…a fantastic on-the-edge-of-your-seat novel…gripping and heartfelt at the same time…’
Nicole Frith, Ballarat Courier

‘A clever thriller with a perfect mix of action and emotion.’
Ivy Fleming, Illawarra Mercury

Hit and Run

‘Gripping and intense, the fast-paced plot rocketed along, keeping me on the edge of my seat.’
Brenda, Goodreads

‘Loved it!!! With plenty of action and suspense, and two awesome, feisty female protagonists like Raina and Erin, I thoroughly recommend this book…’
Shane, Goodreads

’Surprised me with the ending; thought I had it all figure out. Boy was I wrong!’
Wanda C, Goodreads