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Hachette Australia
27 April 2022

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

Evelyn simply vanished.

The small town of Nannine lies in the harsh red interior of New South Wales. Once a thriving outback centre, years of punishing drought have whittled it down to no more than a couple of pubs and a police station. And its one sinister claim to fame: the still-unsolved disappearance of Evelyn McCreery nineteen years ago from the bedroom she shared with her twin sister.

Mina McCreery's life has been defined by the intense and ongoing public interest in her sister's case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, Mina lives alone on her family's sunbaked destocked sheep farm. The million-dollar reward her mother established to solve the disappearance has never been paid out.

Enter Lane Holland, a private investigator who dropped out of the police academy to earn a living cracking cold cases. Lane has his eye on the unclaimed money, but he also has darker motivations for wanting to solve the case.

Compulsively readable, with an unforgettable setting and cast of characters, WAKE is a powerful, unsparing story of how trauma ripples outward when people's private tragedies become public property, and how it's never too late for the truth to set things right.

'One of the year's best debuts. Intriguing and compelling. Shelley Burr is a bright new talent in Australian crime fiction.' CHRIS HAMMER

'A nerve-jangling thriller with a brilliantly twisty plot, WAKE is also a haunting exploration of trauma in the age of celebrity victimhood. Shelley Burr's true-to-life characters, beautifully evoked landscapes and breakneck pacing make for compulsive reading.' ROSE CARLYLE

'An effortlessly accomplished, astonishing debut set against the heat and isolation of the Australian outback.' DINUKA MCKENZIE

'If you love Jane Harper's books, you will love this even more.' KAYTE NUNN

'This is Australian crime fiction at its very best.' MARK BRANDI

'WAKE is an incredible read: a hugely compelling mystery with a vivid rural Australia setting and fascinatingly damaged characters.' ALLIE REYNOLDS
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   450g
ISBN:   9780733647826
ISBN 10:   0733647820
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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