Reviews

Beneath The Skin – Melissa James

Harlequin Mira, 2017 Reviewer – Deb Bodinnar Synopsis Flying Doctor Elly Lavender has spent years on the run from a violent stalker. Her obsessive former patient will do anything and threaten anyone in his campaign to force her to love him. When her most recent cover is blown, she runs for help to the childhood

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Blame – Nicole Trope

Allen and Unwin 2016 Reviewer: Brenda Richards Synopsis Caro and Anna are best friends… they were best friends. Over a decade, Caro and Anna have bonded while raising their daughters, two little girls the same age but living two very different lives. The women have supported each other as they have shared the joys and

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Dead Again – Sandi Wallace

Atlas Productions, 2017 Reviewer: Isobel Blackthorn Synopsis:  It is almost two years since wildfires ravaged the tiny town of Bullock, and Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey, is on assignment in the recovering town to write a feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy. In nearby Daylesford, police officer, John Franklin, is investigating a spree of

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The Girl in Kellers Way – Megan Goldin

Penguin (Michael Joseph) 2017 Reviewer: Karen Manwaring Synopsis When Laura West was murdered, Julie gained everything – her husband, her child, her house. Now, Julie West lives the good life. She is mother to 3yr old Alice and married to Matt, a charismatic professor of psychology. Yet Julie is stifled, by the memory of Laura,

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Dig Two Graves – Carolyn Morwood

Hybrid publishers 2017 Reviewer: Jacquie Byron Synopsis  Six international artists are invited to a residency in southern Spain. One falls in lust. Two fall in love. One talks only about New York. One makes installations out of feathers and stones. And one is left for dead on the side of a mountain.   Review by

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The Light on the Water – Olga Lorenzo

Allen and Unwin 2016 Reviewer: Jacquie Byron   Synopsis  Recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life, Anne takes her daughter Aida on an overnight bushwalk in the moody wilderness of Wilsons Promontory. In a split second, Aida disappears and a frantic Anne scrambles for help. Some of the emergency trackers who

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Sunset Shadows – Bronwyn Parry

Hachette Australia, 2016 Reviewer: Jessie Byrne, Synopsis For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess’s work is everything to her; she’s forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns

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The Red Hunter – Lisa Unger

Simon and Schuster, 2017 Reviewer: Caroline de Costa Synopsis Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman

Angus & Robertson, 2016 Reviewer: Kate Russell   Synopsis London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal

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Charlatan – Catherine Jinks

Vintage Books, 2017 Reviewer: Emma Goodwin   Synopsis Thomas Guthrie Carr was charged by Eliza Gray with mesmerising her and raping her while she was under his influence. But if mesmerism and Mr Carr were shams, was Eliza really raped? With a driving narrative and novelistic pacing, this scrupulously researched account of the life of

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