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Publisher's Summary

She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating....

When investigative journalist Chrissie O’Brian lands a senior job at The Argus, she is desperate to escape the nightmares of her past. Her life has become a daily battle to numb the pain. But her job is something she can do better than anyone else - and the only thing that keeps the memories at bay. A face-off on the waterfront between the unions and big business is just the kind of story to get her career back on track. But after a dockworker who confided in her turns up dead, Chrissie becomes obsessed with unraveling the truth. When a gruesome threat lands on her desk, it's clear someone is prepared to do anything to stop her.    

But who is more dangerous - a ruthless enemy or a woman pushed to the edge? 

Used to fighting her own demons, this is one battle Chrissie is determined not to lose.  

Where the Truth Lies was shortlisted for the prestigious Unpublished Manuscript Award in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. 

"A complex and compelling debut that’s impossible to put down!" (Christian White, best-selling author of The Nowhere Child, The Wife and the Widow

"A clever, explosive thriller.... I love Kilmore’s flawed heroine’s feistiness and her determination to take on the old boys’ network. Truly impressive." (Petronella McGovern, best-selling author of Six Minutes)   

"Kilmore holds an unflinching mirror up to Melbourne’s darker side in this gritty tale full of twists, packed with compelling characters. An exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction." (Jane Harper, best-selling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man)

"A gripping and gritty novel introducing a heroine who’s just as layered and complex." (Who magazine)

"The breakout hit of the year." (Woman’s Day)   

"Chrissie’s desperate race to uncover the truth will have you hooked." (Herald Sun)  

"Excellent Aussie crime, with polished writing, great structure, compelling characters and a vivid Melbourne setting. There is a lot of buzz around this book and rightly so. It’s a fantastic read and definitely one you need to get your hands on immediately." (Better Reading)

©2020 Karina Kilmore (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Australia

Critic Reviews

"Journalist Karina Kilmore brings a wealth of insider knowledge to this explosive crime thriller." (Australian Women’s Weekly)

"It’s easy to see why everyone’s talking about this debut novel." (Newtown Review of Books)

"Reading this reminded me of Sara Peretsky’s first books...there’s every chance we’re seeing the beginning of a substantial antipodean series that will inform and analyse while it entertains." (The Australian)

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Clever writing

One of the best books ever.
So clever writing and the narrator is awesome which makes the listening capturing

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Very Enjoyable

Well written, well narrated. If you are a fan of Martin Scarsden from Chris Hammer’s book you’ll enjoy his female equivalent Chrissie O’Brian in this book by Karina Kilmore. very enjoyable

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When will it end?

This book is far too long. 80% would have been quite long enough. I found myself asking - when will it end!

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well done!

great book, interesting characters, sensitive issues raised that make you think and assess how you would react to the situation.

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An opportunity missed

This book had really good bones - strong heroine with a complex backstory, in a big city tackling a big story. It's always strongest when focused on Chrissie's challenges and it really hits the mark there. The author gets into the nitty gritty of panic attacks and crippling guilt in a believable and compelling way. But I found the plot quite tedious and most of the other characters very flat. The police and dock characters seem one-dimensional, stereotypes I thought. I found my concentration drifting during conversations, only to cut back and find them still talking, still standing around. The story is too talkie, it needs a good 'show don't tell' edit. I wanted to see things in action, not hear lots of rather dull conversations about them. For this reason, the story never quite came alive for me. In fact I abandoned the last quarter and just skipped to the end to find out what happened. Definitely lacking something which is a shame, because all the elements were there.

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Poor story badly read

Thought this was awful - politics and journalism - poorly and confusingly written and read in the most bland and monotone way. Awful !

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Intriguing

Great book, interesting story full of twists & turns.
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A clever modern Melbourne mystery!

A brilliantly written novel, set in Melbourne, with an engaging plot, terrific characters and an enthralling resolution! Very exciting reading!

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Good story, a few cliches, very good narration

Good intricate, believable story
The back story for the main protagonist was well worked and a new twist on the tortured detective, but ultimately was another flawed character looking for redemption.
The betrayer was 100% predictable from about halfway through the book - the motivations for betrayal were kind of skipped over and it was one of the least satisfying bits of the story.
I will definitely listen to the authors second book when it comes out - but for me, I don’t need it to include any of the same characters. It will be the story telling ability and the craft that brings me back to this author, rather than these characters.

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