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A heart-stopping novel of deception and delusion from an exciting new Australian author of domestic noir.

When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That's no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a crime committed years earlier and a conspiracy of silence from anyone who might have information.

The one person who may be able to help is Julie West. In a troubled marriage, Julie often jogs along Kellers Way to clear her mind and escape the confines of her suffocating suburban life. Until one day, something happens there that shakes Julie to the core, making her question everything she ever believed about her life, her marriage and even her sanity . . .

‘Domestic noir at its best, this work of fiction will leave your heart pounding days after the final pages are finished’. New Idea

Reviews

A cracker of a debut novel.

Herald Sun

Domestic noir at its best . . . will leave your heart pounding days after the final pages are finished.

New Idea

A real page-turner.

Woman's Day

Hard to put down.

Liz Crichton, That's Life

Brimming with suspense.

Sunday Age

The pace and tension are spot on.

Shelley Orchard, Adelaide Advertiser

Gripping domestic noir that keeps you guessing.

Melissa Finlay, Brisbane Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143795988

    February 19, 2019

    Penguin

    336 pages

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143785446

    May 29, 2017

    Michael Joseph Australia

    336 pages

    RRP $37.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Audio Download

    9780143792598

    March 1, 2018

    Penguin AU Audio Adult

    RRP $29.99

    Online retailers

    • Audible NZ
    • Google Play Audio NZ
  • EBook

    9781760143619

    May 29, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle NZ
    • Google Play EBook NZ
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Extract

Julie

If you go by the calendar, it’s already spring. Yet winter hovers over us in a perpetual chill. They say it was the coldest winter in years. To be honest I don’t remember much of it. The season went by in a haze of pills and numbness.

I’m afraid to think what would have become of me if I hadn’t stumbled across my running shoes packed away in a shoebox in the back shelf of my closet. They reminded me that I’m better than this; that I’m a survivor. I put them on and went running for the first time in months. I’ve jogged every day since.

Even this morning I run, though it’s drizzling and I’m exhausted. Running is the only way I know to ease the dread that has gnawed at me ever since Matt and I argued last night. It was a vicious, barb-filled fight that made me feel our marriage was teetering on the edge of a precipice. When I finally fell asleep my dreams were strange and unsettling, permeated by lashing wind and rain crackling on the slate driveway. I woke feeling bereft.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Davitt Awards
    2018
    Shortlisted
    Debut
  • Ned Kelly Awards
    2018
    Shortlisted
    Best First Fiction

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