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01 June 2024
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'Tantalising . . .

A glimpse into a small town that cannot shake the ghosts of its past' Weekend Australian

'Exceptional . . . An amazing and addictive plot loaded with numerous brilliant twists' Canberra Weekly

'A masterclass in pace, plot, character and creeping unease' The Bookseller

Gemma Guillory has lived in Rainier her entire life. She knows the town's ins and outs like the back of her hand, the people like they are her family, their quirks as if they were her own.

She knows her once-charming town is now remembered for one reason, and one reason only. That three innocent people died. She knows that the consequences of catching the Ripper still haunt her police officer husband and their marriage to this day.

When a dark tourism operator keen to cash in on the town's reputation is killed by a Ripper copycat on Gemma's doorstep, she's drawn into the investigation. Unbeknownst to her, so is a prisoner named Lane Holland. Gemma knows her town. She knows her people. Doesn't she?

'This is crime writing at its best - taut plotting and personalities that ooze over the pages' Living Arts Canberra

'Impressive' The Australian Women's Weekly

'Gripping, surprising, fascinating . . . Ripe for devourers of Sarah Thornton, Jane Harper and Sarah Bailey' Books+Publishing

'I won't be surprised if this becomes a classic in the years to come' Mamamia

'Shelley Burr is a rural crime force to be reckoned with . . . Burr's plotting is meticulous - as in almost mind-blowing . . . A heart-pounding and relentlessly tense page-turner' Better Reading

'A master of the modern Australian crime novel' ROSE CARLYLE

'Crackles with tension' JACK HEATH
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780733650956
ISBN 10:   0733650953
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Shelley Burr grew up on Newcastle's beaches and her grandparents' property in Glenrowan, and on the road between the two. When not writing, Shelley is working to establish a small permaculture farm and is studying sustainable agriculture at the University of New England. WAKE was a Top Five bestseller, won the CWA Debut Dagger Award in 2019, ABIA's 2023 Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year and the 2023 Ned Kelly Award for best debut crime fiction. WAKE was also shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards Debut Novel Award. RIPPER is her second novel.

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