Deadly secrets revealed – Toxic families event now online

Families can be havens of love and affection, but they can also be crucibles of crime where abuse and resentment create an explosive mix. At the family core there are usually secrets – deep, dark secrets – as three new novels demonstrate: Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know, Erina Reddan’s The Serpent’s Skin and Lyn Yeowart’s The Silent Listener.

Click HERE to see – and hear – the lively conversation between the authors and Robyn Walton.

headshot Lyn Moriarty link to website

You Need to Know (HarperCollins Publishers), Nicola Moriarty’s sixth novel, is a family drama about the secrets we keep, the lies we tell and the truths that won’t stay hidden. Nicola is a novelist, copywriter and mother. Her previous works include Free-FallingPaper ChainsThe Fifth LetterThose Other Women and The Ex.


headshot Erina Redddan

The Serpent’s Skin (Pantera Press), Erina Reddan’s debut novel, centres on the 1968 disappearance of ten-year-old JJ’s mother from a fiercely Catholic family in the country. Erina writes adult mystery crime books and young adult novels. She won a Walkley Award for her work as an ABC foreign correspondent and has a PhD in creative writing from La Trobe University on girl warriors and ball gowns.


headshot Lyn Yeowart link to website

The Silent Listener (Viking), Lyn Yeowart’s debut novel, is set in the dark, gothic heart of rural Australia and propels the reader back and forth between the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s. Lyn is a professional writer and editor with more than 25 years experience in writing and editing everything from captions for artworks to speeches for executives, along with poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, and textbooks. 


Robyn Walton reviews crime fiction and other books for the Weekend Australian. Her author interviews and reviews can be found on the Sisters in Crime Australia website.

Three lucky donors who donated $10 to Sisters in Crime for the event have each won a $150 pack of crime books, kindly donated by publisher: Helene Young (Derwent Park, Tas), Pat Miller (Abbotsford, Vic), and Jennifer Morris (Indented Heads, Vic).