Reviews

Little Secrets

Author: Anna Snoekstra Publisher/Year: HQ Fiction/2017 Publisher Synopsis What happens when ambition trumps the truth? A town reeling in the wake of tragedy… An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside. An aspiring journalist desperate for a story…

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Baby Teeth

Author: Zoje Stage Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Press/2018  Publisher Synopsis What would you do if you started to believe your child was a psychopath? On the outside it looks like Suzette has it all. A stunning ultra-modern home, designed by her handsome Swedish husband. A beautiful, but silent, seven-year-old daughter who is fiercely intelligent. But under

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Suddenly One Summer

Author: Fleur McDonald Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2017 Publisher Synopsis  When Brianna Donahue was three years old, her mother mysteriously disappeared while farming in Merriwell Bay, Western Australia. Her body has never been found. Brianna works the same land with her father Russell, while almost single-handedly raising her two children as her husband Caleb works as

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Mine

Author: Susi Fox Publisher/Year: Penguin /2018 Publisher Synopsis You wake up alone after an emergency caesarean, desperate to see your child. And when you are shown the small infant in the nursery, a terrible thought takes root: this baby is not your baby. No one believes you. Not the nurses, your father or even your own

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The Lost Man

Author: Jane Harper Publisher/Year: Macmillan Australia/2018 Reviewer: Robyn Walton In The Lost Man Jane Harper surpasses her achievement in The Dry, her multi award-winning first novel. A broad range of Australian and international readers will find The Lost Man’s strong setting and mystery storyline engaging, not least grey nomads and backpacking travellers. As in The

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The Spite Game

Author: Anna Snoekstra Publisher/Year: HQ Fiction/2018 Publisher Synopsis Getting even is a long game… Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t – not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most. First, she watches Saanvi.

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Give Me Your Hand

Author: Megan Abbott Publisher/Year: Picador 2018 Publisher Synopsis You told each other everything. Then she told you too much. Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her. But now someone else is standing in her way – Diane.

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The Dark Lake

Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin 2017   Synopsis A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But

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And Fire Came Down

Author: Emma Viskic Publisher/Year: Echo Publishing  2017   Publisher Synopsis Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours. But when a young woman is killed after

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Accidental Death? when things may not be as they seem

Author: Robin Bowles Publisher/Year: Scribe/2018 Publisher Synopsis: This collection of stories centres on the idea of ‘accidental death’, and the upheaval caused in the lives of those who lose a loved one in this way. Several of the cases examined here turned out, on investigation, not to be accidents at all. Some were crimes. Some

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