Title: In the Clearing
Authors: Pomare, JP
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 328
Year: 2019
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Language: English
Description: Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm.

That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As Amy and Freya's story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town's dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed. [Taken from the book blurb, Hachette Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This book is hugely suspenseful!"

"Even when the reader believes that the solution is becoming evident, another twist reveals another possible outcome!"

"Definitely a 'read-till-you-finish' story. While it is dark and at times disturbing, there is hope for the heroine."

"A challenge as it's a scary story."

"A real page turner. An interesting premise and very believable. Very dark."

"Excellent topic for discussion."

"There's lots of plot twists and it's fast moving. Great read!"

"I found this a contrived plot and didn't enjoy it. I don't like such stories."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Community, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, Tragedy/disaster, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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