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Publisher's Summary

How far would you go to protect your family? 

Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head. 

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.   

As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town's dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

©2019 J.P. Pomare (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"Another breathtaking page-turner from the author of Call Me Evie." (Christian White, best-selling author of The Nowhere Child)

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Scarily realistic

The attribution to the real life story of the The Family at Lake Eildon, this story took that kernel of truth and built a compelling, exciting plot around the experience of a cult survivor Freya/Amy, and the survival imperative of the cult itself. It would be interesting to hear this story in the eyes of others exploring how such players of a long game, influence and infiltrate the institutions they are antagonistic to, in order to survive- but maybe any institution is a cult in itself especially those that are ‘professional’.

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Great story!

I loved this story which was both interesting and thrilling. For anyone fascinated by cults, this book is a must. Well narrated & slipping in and out of characters was easily defined.

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Gripping psychological thriller

A really well paced book/listen that goes deep into the minds of the main characters and keeps you engaged, yearning for their salvation.

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Great

Great story, it will keep you intrigued right to the end. Excellent Australian author and the narration is flawless. Loved it.

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Gripping and excellent

This is a disturbing book, quite unique in the way it flows between life within, and life outside, a very eerie cult. It's very well written and Norvill's narration is near perfect.
I feel that many of the things that I'd like to say about the book are spoilers. Suffice to say, listen to it if you are interested in the ripple effect of dire childhood experiences and charismatic leaders, and you enjoy a book full of nuanced suspense.

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Captivating

I was captured from the very start and I was listening to this book every chance I had. Very enjoyable, intense and highly recommended it.

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Creepy, disturbing, riveting, engaging!

Drew me in straight away, could not stop listening. Very engaging read. The narrator did a great job. unsettling and disturbing at times, but fascinating. Good twists and character development.

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Wow!

Omg! That was fantastic! All the twists. I was absolutely riveted! I didn’t realised it had some basis in truth. That was a pretty cool rabbit hole to go down lol. I had no idea Australia had their own cult who kidnapped children! How creepy!

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Couldn’t Pick It

Wow. I thought I knew what was going to happen but nope, kept me guessing and intrigued the whole time.
Great characters, although I do have to admit I couldn’t picture the clearing properly because I kept picturing Lake Eildon where it is believed “the family” lived.
Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Didn’t want it to end!

One of the best audio books of this genre ever! What an imagination. Amazing plot & narration

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Plausible and Terrifying with a killer twist

A very scary and gripping story with a killer twist right in the middle that changes the entire story. Lots of twists at the end.

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It’s creepy

It only took me two days to listen to. Very compelling and unique story. Add it to your list!

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