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Publisher's Summary

A missing woman.

Thirty years ago, in the suffocating heat of a Sydney summer, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared without a trace.

A cold case re-opened.

In 1997, in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father is under suspicion of Mandy’s murder.

A devastating secret.

How well does Isla know her father? Is he capable of doing something terrible? And is there another secret in their community – a conspiracy of silence which stretches deep into Australia’s past?

©2020 Susan Allott (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A riveting mystery, beautifully unwound. The Silence excavates dark, decades-old secrets buried in human hearts, in families and in nations. I read it in one weekend." (Erin Kelly)

"Deeply engrossing...an exquisite literary thriller." (Philippa East, author of Little White Lies)

"An impressive and beautifully written, Australian-set debut with the devastating subject of the Stolen Generation at its core." (Fiona Mitchell, author of The Swap)

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