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Publisher's Summary

Evelyn simply vanished.

The small town of Nannine lies in the harsh red interior of New South Wales. Once a thriving outback centre, years of punishing drought have whittled it down to no more than a couple of pubs and a police station. And its one sinister claim to fame: the still-unsolved disappearance of Evelyn McCreery 19 years ago from the bedroom she shared with her twin sister.

Mina McCreery's life has been defined by the intense and ongoing public interest in her sister's case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, Mina lives alone on her family's sunbaked destocked sheep farm. The million-dollar reward her mother established to solve the disappearance has never been paid out.

Enter Lane Holland, a private investigator who dropped out of the police academy to earn a living cracking cold cases. Lane has his eye on the unclaimed money, but he also has darker motivations for wanting to solve the case.

Thoroughly enjoyable, with an unforgettable setting and cast of characters, Wake is a powerful, unsparing story of how trauma ripples outward when people's private tragedies become public property, and how it's never too late for the truth to set things right.

©2022 Shelley Burr (P)2022 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"One of the year's best debuts. Intriguing and compelling. Shelley Burr is a bright new talent in Australian crime fiction." (Chris Hammer)

"A nerve-jangling thriller with a brilliantly twisty plot, Wake is also a haunting exploration of trauma in the age of celebrity victimhood. Shelley Burr's true-to-life characters, beautifully evoked landscapes and breakneck pacing make for compulsive reading." (Rose Carlyle)

"An effortlessly accomplished, astonishing debut set against the heat and isolation of the Australian outback." (Dinuka McKenzie)

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Seriously good.

I listen to audiobooks every day... I go back to boxed cassettes days, hauling bulky boxes of cassettes around with me. The Walkman was a game-changer with books on CD's and then along came the iPod.

I have been an Audible member since 2008... we are talking over 1000 audio books easily.

Some books stick. Locked into consciousness.

Wake will be one of those. Brilliant.

Simply great storytelling by Shelley Burr.
Superb narration by Jacquie Brennan.

Get it now.

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Winner!!!

Whilst desperate for some entertainment on a long car ride I bought this book on a whim- a new author, not many reviews- but I liked the synopsis and was desperate for something more than the books in my unread audible library I’ve been meaning to get back to. I gave it a go and it was such a winner. The writing and narration of this book made me feel like I was there myself, in a rugged outback landscape completely enthralled in Mina and Lane’s stories. It had me hooked in the beginning middle and end. To Shelley Burr I say- What a ripper of a first book! Please write another one

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you just got to read this one!

couldn't put it down. a finial twist makes you looking for more. the description of a small town to so realistic you are right there. good narration. thankyou to the author. à new 1 to add to my favs.🐑🐄

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Intrigue!!

Love the twists and turns in this story. Love the tormented characters... a mystery to enjoy

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True outback mystery!

As someone who lives rurally and on a farm I really appreciated the true detail of the life out here. Usually books falling in this category miss the mark for me and I tend to struggle to enjoy the story because the description of remote and rural areas are way off, but not here. Shelley obviously knows her stuff or has done extensive research to make sure that this book runs true.

Loved the character development and loved the story, twisty and gripping but not over the top violent and harsh, like others in the genre can be.

The narrator is wonderful and makes it really easy to listen to.

A well written book and definitely one I will listen to over and over. Look forward to more from Shelley!

Thanks!

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Really good.

lots of twists and turns. Very good. You think you have the answer then.. no. Keeps you guessing. Look forward to more from this author.

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Brilliant story

well worth a listen, great story line great narration, this one to get if you love Shelley Burr

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Great read from a great new author

Loved this. Took me awhile to get into as first Australian book I've listened too for awhile. A great book. Looking forward to more from this author and narrater.

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For lovers of The Dry - you’ll love this!

A brilliantly crafted book very reminiscent of Jane Harper’s The Dry. Couldn’t put it down and yet am sorry it’s finished. Always the sign of a great book. Can definitely see a tv series/movie in this one. Highly recommend!

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Exceptional Australian Noir

Right up there with the best is this outstanding multi layered well woven Aussi crime fiction that is extremely well told. 10/10

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