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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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You Had It Coming

Author: B.M. Carroll Publisher/Year: Allen and Unwin/2021 Publisher description WOULD YOU SAVE THE MAN WHO DESTROYED YOUR LIFE? When paramedic Megan Lowe is called to the scene of an attempted murder, all she can do is try to save the victim. But as the man is lifted onto a stretcher, she realises she knows him.

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Shadow Over Edmund Street

Author: Suzanne Frankham Publisher/Year: Journeys to Words Publishing, Melbourne/2021 Publisher description Edwina’s death is brutal, a swift and silent killer who leaves no clues. Her murder seems unsolvable until a casual comment sends Inspector Alex Cameron and his team trawling back through time. Can they find the link in time to save the next victim?

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Tussaud

Author: Belinda Lyons-Lee Publisher/Year: Transit Lounge/2021 Publisher description Paris, 1810. Haunted by the French Revolution, Marie Tussaud has locked herself away in her shop with the death masks she was forced to make to avoid the guillotine. Philidor, a famous magician, offers her the chance to accompany him to London to assist in creating a

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Before You Knew My Name

Author: Jacqueline Bublitz Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin Publisher description This is not just another novel about a dead girl. When she arrived in New York on her 18th birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice Lee was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city’s

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The Second Son and The Silent Listener

The Second Son Author: Loraine Peck Publisher/Year: Text/2021 and The Silent Listener Author: Lyn Yeowart Publisher/Year: Viking/2021 Reviewer: Sue Turnbbull (First published in The Age on 5 March 2021 and reproduced with permission) Two debut crime novels about families (the sort that screw you up) from opposite ends of the genre spectrum. While Loraine Peck

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Still Life

Author: Val McDermid Publisher/Year: Little, Brown/2020 Publisher description On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file

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