ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Nineteen years ago nine year old Evelyn McCreery disappeared, never to be seen again. She vanished from the room she shared with her twin sister Mina, in the station house on a remote property, with no tracks, footprints, fingerprints or evidence of forced entry. She left behind a shattered family - a mother who refused to give up searching and posted a million dollar reward, a broken father and her sister who have suffered years of whispers, innuendo and trauma. When a private investigator, Lane Holland, who has had success in other cases and who has a need for the reward, contacts the reclusive Mina, his urgency masks other motives. What he knows and she doesn't is that all those years ago, he was in the area… A twisty and evocative rural crime novel with characters who aren't particularly sympathetic or likeable but are all too understandable; one that not only delivers a seemingly intractable mystery but which examines the consequences of unsolved events, how they impact not only the immediate family but the wider community, and even those with no connection but fascination in others' misery. Lindy
Shelley Burr grew up on Newcastle's beaches and her grandparents' farm in Glenrowan, and on the road between the two. When not writing, she works in environmental policy in Canberra and is studying agriculture at the University of New England, with a focus on soil science. She is an alumnus of the ACT Writers Hardcopy program (2018) and a Varuna fellow. WAKE won the CWA Debut Dagger in 2019 and was shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and Bath Novel Award.