Reviews

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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The Prisoner

Author: Kerry Tucker with Craig Henderson Publisher/Year: Penguin Random House/2018 Publisher Synopsis: Kerry Tucker seemed to be a typical suburban mother of two, but she had a terrible secret: she had been stealing money from her employers. When her offence was discovered it was reported to be the biggest white-collar crime committed by a female

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The Escape Room

Author: Megan Goldin Publisher/Year: 2018   Publisher Synopsis In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them

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The Sunday Girl

Author: Pip Drysdale Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster (Aus.), 2018 Publishers Synopsis Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And

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Under Your Wings

Author: Tiffany Tsao Publisher/Year: Penguin/Viking 2018  Publisher Synopsis Gwendolyn and Estella have always been as close as sisters can be. Growing up in a wealthy, powerful and sometimes treacherous family, they’ve relied on each other for support and confidence. Now, though, Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor of Estella’s poisoning of their

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