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The Attack

Catherine Jinks



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Text Publishing Company
31 August 2021
A boot camp for troubled young men, a hidden identity and murderous pursuit on a remote island. Beloved author Catherine Jinks is back with another heart-pounding Australian thriller.

Robyn Ayres works as the camp caretaker on Finch Island, a former leper colony off the coast of Queensland. Her current clients are a group of ex-military men who run a tough-love program for troubled teens.

The latest crop looks like the usual mix of bad boys and sad boys. Then Robyn takes a second look at a kid called Darren. Last time she saw him his name was Aaron, and Robyn was his primary school teacher. And she was somehow at the centre of a vicious small-town custody battle involving his terrifying grandmother.

Bruising classroom dynamics, manipulative parents and carers, and horrendous small-town politics form the backdrop to a nail-biting thriller in which the tensions of 10 years ago start to play themselves out, building to a violent climax in the present day.

Robyn escaped the past once. Now it's back - and this time there's no way out.
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   446g
ISBN:   9781922458117
ISBN 10:   1922458112
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Catherine Jinks' books for adults, young adults and children have been published in a dozen countries and have won numerous awards, including a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award (four times). She lives in the Blue Mountains.

Reviews for The Attack

'[Jinks] is a masterful storyteller, able to easily carry the narrative exigences of plot and character regardless of genre...[she] knows how to dole out the tension, letting the suspense slacken and then ramping up the terror lest you become complacent for a few minutes.' * Guardian * 'Cranking up the suspense with methodical focus, [Shelter is] a brutally effective potboiler.' * Big Issue * 'A slow-burner that canvasses familial conflict and builds to a violent crescendo...[Will] appeal to new and recent converts to Jinks' brand of dark revelation' * ArtsHub * 'A nail-biter.' * SA Weekend * 'A consistently tense ride for any reader...The Attack once again demonstrates Jinks' capacity to build that tension around characters who can be both vulnerable and resilient in situations which are not far from reader's lived experience.' * Pile by the Bed * 'A tense thriller...[with a] brutal and terrifying climax...Jinks can certainly tell a good story.' * Canberra Times * 'A tense, intimate island thriller.' * Readings *

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