Helen Grant was born in London. She read Classics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years in order to fund her love of travelling. In 2001 she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany, and it was exploring the legends of this beautiful town that inspired her to write her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. She wrote the self-help book Escape Domestic Violence which was published in 2007 by Hodder Headline in association with British daytime TV programme This Morning. She now lives in Brussels with her husband, her two children and a small German cat.