Reviews

See What I Have Done

by Sarah Schmidt Publisher: Hachette Australia Copyright Year: 2017   Synopsis Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she? On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and

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The Portrait of Molly Dean

by Katherine Kovacic Publisher: Echo Copyright Year: 2018 Synopsis An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years… In 1999, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of Molly Dean, an artist’s muse brutally slain in Melbourne in 1930. Alex buys the painting and sets out to uncover more details, but finds

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The Rùin (Cormac Reilly #1)

by Dervla McTiernan Harper Collins Australia Published 2018 Synopsis DS Reilly returns to small-town Galway after stepping down from his high-ranking Dublin job to support his partner’s career. When a body surfaces in the icy River Corrib, he is plunged back into a cold case that has haunted him for twenty years – the death

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Redemption Point

by Candice Fox Publisher: Bantam Year: 2017 Reviewer: Sue Turnbull (Review originally published on 8 February 2018 in The Sydney Morning Herald) Redemption Point picks up where Crimson Lake left off. Former policeman and suspected paedophile Ted Conkaffey is still hiding out in a crocodile-infested swamp in the far north accompanied by his adopted family of geese. We know

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The Wife

by Alafair Burke Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication year: 2018 Synopsis When Angela met Jason Powell, while catering a function in the Hamptons, she assumed their romance would be a fling. But, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. The marriage meant a fresh start, a

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Don’t Close Your Eyes

by Holly Seddon Publisher: Atlantic Books Year: 2017   Synopsis Holly and Sarah are twins. Not identical twins, in fact, not even vaguely similar, yet they love each other dearly. That is until their family is torn apart by an almost unimaginable domestic drama. Now in their 30s, the sisters have lost contact. Robin’s career

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Soon

by Lois Murphy Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing Year: 2017 Synopsis An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah’s days of mining and farming prosperity – if they ever truly existed – are long gone. These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman,

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The Seagull (Vera Stanthorpe #8)

by Ann Cleeves Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia 2017 Synopsis The Seagull is Ann Cleeves’ searing eighth novel in the Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships. A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanthorpe face to face with an old enemy:

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This I Would Kill For

by Anne Buist Publisher: Text Published: 2018 Synopsis Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult. Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy

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Look what you made me do – Meagan Norris

2016 Echo Publishing Reviewer: Anne Buist Overview:   Megan Norris is a journalist who has written a number of true crime books, including one on the father in the dam story – the Robert Farquharson murders of his three sons, though from his wife Cindy Gambino’s perspective rather than the view Helen Garner took in

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