Helen’s debut novel Precious You will be published by HarperCollins imprint HQ in April 2020 in the UK and Penguin Random House in the US. Helen has a two-book deal with both HQ and Penguin Random House. She is currently working on her second novel.
Helen is joint MD of production company Second Generation with her husband, screenwriter and executive producer, Danny Takhar.
Together with Danny, Helen is adapting and executive producing Precious You for TV with eOne and Mam Tor Productions. Helen and Danny are also adapting and exec producing Ashley Hickson-Lovence’s debut novel The 392 for TV.
Helen’s background is in journalism, copywriting and magazine editing, having graduated from Cambridge in 1997. She is represented by Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit.
Early praise for Precious You
‘Dark, disturbing, compulsive. I was genuinely terrified reading this.’ Adele Parks, Sunday Times bestselling author of Lies, Lies, Lies and I Invited Her In
‘A deliciously dark, addictive and twisted page-turner.’ Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie and I Know Who You Are
‘Precious You is an incredibly addictive thriller that examines women in the workplace, ageism, and the clash of generations. It’s creepy and unnerving, with observations that are often dead-on. A breath-taking debut by Helen Monks Takhar.’ Samantha Downing, international bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
‘A brilliantly twisted tale. LOVED it.’ Lisa Hall, bestselling author of Between You and Me
‘Twisted, dark and shocking. Absolutely terrific.’ Jo Spain, bestselling author of With Our Blessing
‘What a debut! Twisty, explosive and hugely compelling. Hints of Gone Girl and Exquisite by Sarah Stovell.’ Will Dean, author of Red Pines and Dark Snow
‘I gulped this down in a single afternoon. Audacious, dark and smart, with one of the most shocking scenes I’ve read in a while.’ Phoebe Locke, author of The Tall Man and The July Girls
‘Disturbing, zeitgeisty and twisted, Precious You will make you second guess everything and change the way you look at your colleagues forever.’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Girl Next Door
‘Scarily, addictively dark. My mouth was hanging open for the last third of the book. Wow – what a brilliant read!’ Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Canal Boat Cafe
‘Gossip Girl meets Single White Female…One to add to your reading wishlist.’ Emma Yates-Badley, Northern Soul
‘If you like dark and twisted thrillers with venom in their veins, add this to your wishlist!’ Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones
‘Messed up and BRILLIANT.’ Liz Loves Books
‘OMG! Loved the twisty-turning end. I couldn’t put it down.’ Author Josie Lloyd