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


Die For Me

What does Lauren Donnelly owe the daughter of the man who died to save her? The cost of his funeral? A job at her ailing Cape Cod nursery? The lives of her loved ones? Or will only her own death settle the score.

From Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, Diane Hester, comes another stay-up-all-night thriller about fate, remorse, and the evil that hides in unlikely places.

Some debts should never be repaid.


Run to Me

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

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