"I had seen every last secret laid bare in my own house, every briefcase in Banville gaping open.
But I had missed one."
Fifteen-year-old Sarah Vale has disappeared from the small town of Banville.
Resident copper Sergeant Henson attempts to find the missing girl but the locals dismiss his investigations. What would you expect with a mother like hers anyway?
No one really cares except teenager Tommy Johns - for Sarah Vale takes a straight line to his heart.
And, sometimes, one true champion is all it takes to tear a town's veneer apart.
A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.
An extraordinary debut from a talented new writer.
Nelika McDonald was born in Brisbane in 1983. She currently lives with her husband in a cosy den of books and cats in Melbourne. She spent her twenties studying, travelling and working in lots of different jobs and highly recommends this approach to not having any money. She has been, at various times, a cleaner, a media reader, museum staff member and a sales assistant in a pet shop, a jewellery shop, a homewares shop, a clothes shop, a kitchen shop and a tea shop. Now, she gets to write whenever she likes, and is allowed to wear pyjamas and drink tea while she does it.
Modern & Contemporary Fiction