Reviews

Cutters End

Author: Margaret Hickey Publisher/Year: Penguin Random House Australia/2021 A desert highway. A remote town. A murder that won’t stay hidden. New Year’s Eve, 1989. Eighteen-year-old Ingrid Mathers is hitchhiking her way to Alice Springs. Bored, hungover and separated from her friend Joanne, she accepts a lift to the remote town of Cutters End. July 2021. Detective

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A Clue for Clara

Author: Lian Tanner Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2020 Publisher description Clara wants to be a famous detective with her own TV show. She can read claw marks, find missing feathers and knows morse code and semaphore. There’s just one problem. She’s a small scruffy chook, and no one takes her seriously. But when

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Beware of Dogs

Author: Elizabeth Flann Publisher/Year: HarperCollins/2021 Publisher description She’s isolated. Trapped. Hunted. An almost unbearably tense Australian survival thriller. Not much daylight left now. So begins the field diary of Alix Verhoeven, whose impulsive acceptance of an offer to spend Easter on a remote island has turned into a terrifying ordeal. Hiding in a tiny cave,

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The Bombay Prince

Author: Sujata Massey Publisher/Year: Allen and Unwin/2021 Publisher description November, 1921. Edward VIII, Prince of Wales and future ruler of India, is arriving in Bombay to begin a four-month tour. The Indian subcontinent is chafing under British rule, and India’s only female lawyer, Perveen Mistry, isn’t surprised when local unrest spirals into riots. But she’s

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The Serpent’s Skin

Author: Erina Reddan Publisher/Year: Pantera Press/2021 Publisher description It’s a cold and wintery night in 1968 and ten-year-old JJ’s mother isn’t home. The cows are milked, the pigs fed, and her dad won’t answer any questions. Sarah is the lifeblood of their family, and her absence throws everyone off course: Tessa takes charge, Tim gets

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The Silent Listener

Author: Lyn Yeowart Publisher: Penguin Viking, 2021 Publisher description Propelling the reader back and forth between the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s, The Silent Listener is an unforgettable literary suspense novel set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia. In the cold, wet summer of 1960, 11-year-old Joy Henderson lives in constant fear of her father. She tries to

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The Missing Girl

Author: Kerry McGinnis Publisher/Year: Viking an imprint of Penguin Publisher description: Penguin/2021 The darkest secrets are buried the deepest. Meg Morrissey has just lost her job, and her partner to an overseas assignment, when she is called back to the family home of Hunters Reach in the picturesque Adelaide Hills. Her ailing grandmother, who raised

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Widow’s Island

Author: LA Larkin Publisher/Year: Bookouture (London)/2021 Someone knows your secret. And they’re coming to find you… Reviewed by Narrelle Harris Widow’s Island opens on a peculiar, standalone first-person scene set in 2007. In it, an unnamed man and a woman named Emma are travelling on the Whisper Island ferry. By the end of the scene

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Widow’s Island

Author: LA Larkin Publisher/Year: Bookouture (London)/2021 Someone knows your secret. And they’re coming to find you… Reviewed by Narrelle Harris Widow’s Island opens on a peculiar, standalone first-person scene set in 2007. In it, an unnamed man and a woman named Emma are travelling on the Whisper Island ferry. By the end of the scene

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White Throat

Author: Sarah Thornton Publisher/Year: Text/2020 Publisher description Looking out over an ebb tide from the back verandah was like watching God paint stripes… Disgraced former lawyer Clementine Jones is on the shores of paradise—Queensland’s Great Sandy Straits—trying to outrun her past. Bored with her house-sitting gig, she becomes a reluctant recruit to the local environmental

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