The Lost Girls

Author: Jennifer Spence Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster/2019 Publisher description A haunting tale of love and loss that will make you think twice What would you do if you had the chance to change a pivotal moment from your past? How far would you go to save someone you loved? These are just two of the fateful …

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Painting in the Shadows

Author: Katherine Kovacic Publisher/Year: Echo Publishing/2019 Publisher description Art dealer Alex Clayton and conservator John Porter are thrilled to be previewing the Melbourne International Museum of Art’s (MIMA) newest exhibition, until they witness a museum worker collapse and badly damage a reportedly cursed painting. Belief in the curse is strengthened when MIMA’s senior conservator Meredith …

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Our Dark Secret

Author:  Jenny Quintana Publisher/Year:  Mantle (Pan Macmillan)/2020 Publisher description The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did. As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies. Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it …

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Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope

Author: Ailsa Wild Publisher/Year: Hardie Grant Egmont/2019 Reviewer: Kim Peterson Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope, the 11th book in the series by Ailsa Wild, is based on the adventures of 11-year-old Squishy Taylor. Neither I nor my nine-year-old companion had difficulty in following Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope as a standalone, despite not …

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The Girl in the Mirror

Author: Rose Carlyle Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2020 Publisher overview Identical twins only look the same … Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including …

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The Survivors

Author: Jane Harper Publisher/Year: Pan Macmillan Australia/2020 Publisher overview Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where …

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Billings Better Bookstore and Brasserie

Author: Fin J Ross Publisher/Year: Clan Destine Press/2020 Publisher overview Young Fidelia Knight arrives in Melbourne in 1874, alone except for her treasured companion, Samuel Johnson; well, half of him. To escape servitude, Fidelia hides each night in the renowned Coles Book Arcade. She loves words, you see, and wants to know them all. What …

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The Mother-In-Law

Author: Sally Hepworth Publisher/Year: Pan Macmillan/2019 Publisher overview Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all. From …

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Deadly Secrets

Author: HR Kemp Publisher/Year: H.R. Kemp/H Schuster Publishing/2019 Publisher overview Can ordinary people thwart a powerful conspiracy? Shelley Ormond’s life is about to change forever. Her friend, a young refugee, dies suddenly and the federal police have shrouded her case in secrecy. Shelley has never been bold, but she will have to break the rules …

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Torched

Author: Kimberley Starr Publisher/Year: Pantera Press/2020 Publisher Overview An explosive, haunting and utterly compelling crime novel about mothers and sons and the ties that bind them. A small Yarra Valley town has been devastated by a bushfire, and Reefton Primary School Principal Phoebe Wharton can’t sleep. She’s the single mother of Caleb who is accused …

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