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All These Perfect Strangers – Aoife Clifford

All These Perfect Strangers (Simon & Schuster 2016) is a psychological crime thriller by Australian writer Aoife Clifford. I have been on a bit of a crime spree lately, and this novel is another great debut that presents the narrative through the perspective of an...

The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man (Michael Joseph Penguin Random House 2018) is the first book for C.J. Tudor and it is a rollicking, page-turning murder mystery that is engrossing from the very first page, when someone uncovers a girl’s head covered in leaves in the woods. From there,...

The Town – Shaun Prescott

‘It was only possible to see the full extent of the town if you spent many years there. Only then could you see the barriers shimmer at its edges, and know what the edges meant.’ So begins Shaun Prescott’s quirky and unusual novel The Town (Brow Books 2017). The...

Untidy Towns – Kate O’Donnell

Untidy Towns (UQP 2017) is the debut YA novel by author Kate O'Donnell. Like all good stories for young adults, the narrative shares the adolescent angst and emotional upheaval of that liminal time between finishing high school and finding your way in the wider world,...

Mine – Susi Fox

Mine (Penguin Books 2018) is the debut psychological thriller by Australian writer Susi Fox, and it is a gripping story that strikes at the heart of the worst fears of a new parent. Sasha Moloney awakes after an emergency caesarean to find herself alone and...

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Sometimes you begin reading the first page of a novel and immediately feel immersed in the story, not as if it is being told to you, but rather that you have become an integral part of the story itself. Little Fires Everywhere (Little, Brown 2017) by Celeste Ng is...

Home is Nearby – Magdalena McGuire

Home is Nearby (Impress Books 2017), by Magdalena McGuire, is an impressive debut novel about belonging, home, art, relationships, culture and family, all set against the social, political and economic Polish crisis of the 1980’s. Ania leaves her country town for...

First Person – Richard Flanagan

First Person (Knopf Publishing Penguin Random House 2017) by Richard Flanagan follows the publication of his Booker-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. This next book is contemporary and darkly funny, with esoteric overtones that imbue the tale with an...

The Passengers – Eleanor Limprecht

In her novel The Passengers (Allen & Unwin Books 2018), Eleanor Limprecht uses the historical inspiration of the war brides of the 1940’s to deftly weave a tale of two women, both struggling in different ways with their past actions and their sense of identity. Moving...

Entitlement – Jessica White

Entitlement, by Jessica White: Author (Viking Books 2012) is a thoughtful account of a white family felled by grief, mirrored on a much larger scale by the loss of Indigenous people severed from family and country. Eight years earlier, Cate McConville’s beloved...

Trick of the Light – Laura Elvery

A clever short story writer uses each story to immerse readers into a microcosm of a world until we are thoroughly engaged and our hooks have begun to curl into the characters and the setting and the plot, and then as suddenly they wrench us out again, into the open...

My Absolute Darling – Gabriel Tallent

Many superlatives have been used to describe My Absolute Darling (4th Estate HarperCollins 2017) by Gabriel Tallent, not the least of which is Stephen King announcing it as ‘a masterpiece’. This vivid and compelling book, every bit as harrowing as Hanya Yanagihara’s A...