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When One of Us Hurts

Monica Vuu



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27 June 2023
Port Brighton hates outsiders. The small coastal town has its own ways of dealing with the evil, the foolish, the misled, and it holds tightly to them. But the seams start to split after two deaths occur on the same tragic night: a baby abandoned at the foot of a lighthouse, and a drunken teenager drowned in the storming sea.

Livvy is an insider. She keeps a watchful eye on what's happening in town while looking out for her troubled older brother. What has broken inside him - and why?

Marie is an outsider. She's escaped Port Brighton and started a new life, but she can't forget the night at the lighthouse - it changed her family forever.

As gossip fuels rumours and tensions erode trust, the bonds that keep Port Brighton together begin to fray, threatening to expose the truth about more than just the two deaths ...

Praise for When One of Us Hurts

'In When One of Us Hurts, Vuu shines a light into the darkest corners of small-town life. This a bold and compelling debut, and Monica Vuu is an author to watch.' Mark Brandi

'Monica Vuu is a bright new talent in Australian crime fiction. The twists and surprises came fast and deadly. I was up all night!' Candice Fox

'Twisted, mysterious and darkly creepy, When One of Us Hurts is a small-town crime fiction at its shocking best. Monica Vuu has crafted a memorable debut full of macabre surprises.' Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   405g
ISBN:   9781761265051
ISBN 10:   1761265059
Pages:   320
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Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Monica Vuu was born in Langley, British Columbia. She has a background in Cognitive Systems. After graduating she worked with Emirates airlines and lived in Dubai for a couple of years, where she met her Australian partner, who managed to convince her to make the big move to Tasmania in 2019. When One of Us Hurts is her first novel and was inspired by the remoteness of rural Tasmania.

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