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What Happened to Nina?

Dervla McTiernan

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HARPER360
28 February 2024

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- When Nina doesn’t return home from a weekend away with her boyfriend, her mother and family are both annoyed and increasingly concerned. Simon had pressured her into skipping out on her responsibilities to her mother's business, and unbeknownst to her friends or family, Nina only reluctantly agreed to go away to his family's Vermont cabin; she is realising that her golden boyfriend is not the young man everyone thinks he is. As her mother Leeanne becomes more and more frantic, and disbelieving of the story Simon is telling, her behaviour borders on criminal. Simon's family are rich and used to being accommodated, so they start to play dirty themselves, to protect their only son. But is he telling the truth, and do they believe his stories, or are they more worried about their reputation than about the missing girl? A gripping and intense mystery (and it has an ending that will make you think...) Lindy

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Murder Rule comes an emotional novel of suspense about two families pitted against each other.

'Addictive. Propulsive. Dervla McTiernan is a thriller master.' Trent Dalton

Nina and Simon are the perfect couple. Young, fun and deeply in love. Until they leave for a weekend at his family's cabin in Vermont, and only Simon comes home.

WHAT HAPPENED TO NINA?

Nobody knows. Simon's explanation about what happened in their last hours together doesn't add up. Nina's parents push the police for answers, and Simon's parents rush to protect him. They hire expensive lawyers and a PR firm that quickly ramps up a vicious, nothing-is-off-limits media campaign.

HOW FAR WILL HIS FAMILY GO TO KEEP HIM SAFE?

Soon, facts are lost in a swirl of accusation and counter-accusation. Everyone chooses a side, and the story goes viral, fuelled by armchair investigators and wild conspiracy theories and illustrated with pretty pictures taken from Nina's social media accounts. Journalists descend on their small Vermont town, followed by a few obsessive 'fans.'

HOW FAR WILL HER FAMILY GO TO GET TO THE TRUTH?

Nina's family is under siege, but they never lose sight of the only thing that really matters - finding their daughter. Out-gunned by Simon's wealthy, powerful family, Nina's parents recognize that if playing by the rules won't get them anywhere, it's time to break them.

'Her best yet. Completely riveting ... and everyone's going to be talking about that ending' Sally Hepworth

'Propulsive and satisfying ... This is Dervla McTiernan at her finest.' Tracey Lien, internationally bestselling author of All That's Left Unsaid

'Gripping ... A smart and unpredictable portrait of how the boundaries between tragedy and entertainment get blurred. It's a disturbing treat for thriller fans.' Publishers Weekly

'One of the best thrillers I have read ... unforgettable and deeply moving' Don Winslow

'McTiernan turns the traditional thriller on its head ... [with] deep humanity ... Truly haunting.' Kirkus starred review

'Almost painfully gripping. Disturbing, enthralling ... The last scene will make your blood run cold.' New York Times

Praise for Dervla McTiernan:

'An uncommonly fine mystery writer' New York Times

'McTiernan's in the top rank of crime writers' Chris Hammer

'A born storyteller' Val McDermid

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Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   403g
ISBN:   9781460760147
ISBN 10:   146076014X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Ruin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Ruin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla's second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to no.1, confirming her place as one of Australia's best crime writers. Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.

Reviews for What Happened to Nina?

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- When Nina doesn’t return home from a weekend away with her boyfriend, her mother and family are both annoyed and increasingly concerned. Simon had pressured her into skipping out on her responsibilities to her mother's business, and unbeknownst to her friends or family, Nina only reluctantly agreed to go away to his family's Vermont cabin; she is realising that her golden boyfriend is not the young man everyone thinks he is. As her mother Leeanne becomes more and more frantic, and disbelieving of the story Simon is telling, her behaviour borders on criminal. Simon's family are rich and used to being accommodated, so they start to play dirty themselves, to protect their only son. But is he telling the truth, and do they believe his stories, or are they more worried about their reputation than about the missing girl? A gripping and intense mystery (and it has an ending that will make you think...) Lindy


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