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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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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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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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The perfect suspense novel!

This is a tense story from the very first chapter all the way through to the last. I had no idea where the story was going before THAT twist.

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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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Scary and True

This is based on the Family Cult which I grew up not far from. Very scary to know that there are people like this in the world

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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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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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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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A Good Read though forgettable.

A reasonable story, no doubt it could be construed as close to fact but I can't say I really enjoyed it.

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Worth listening to

Frightening but you read on to find out what happened. Well written and read. Recommend

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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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  • 22-08-2020

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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