The Silence (Hardback)Susan Allott (author)
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A missing woman
30 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?
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 33 mm
'Emotionally wrenching' - Wall Street Journal
'A suspenseful, beautifully crafted debut for fans of Celeste Ng and Jane Harper' - Telegraph Australia
'Intricate and suspenseful... [a] stellar debut' - New York Journal of Books
'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
'A darkly gripping and addictive read. I tore through it in a few days' - Esther Freud
'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
'Tense, atmospheric and brilliantly paced. The Silence is fraught with disturbing secrets and powerful emotions. I loved it' - Francesca Jakobi, author of Bitter
'A suspense-filled story set in Australia, highlighting the effects of an official policy that has haunted generations. Allott's prose builds an incredibly convincing portrayal of the destruction caused by dysfunctional relationships. A fantastic debut' - Nikki Smith, author of All in Her Head
'A poignant literary mystery, impossible to put down. One of those books that stops you rushing to your next read for fear it won't compare.' - Trevor Wood, author of The Man on the Street
'A brooding, suspenseful debut' - Sunday Mirror
'Allott uses the scandal of Australia's stolen children to devastating effect in this memorable debut.' - Sunday Times
'An atmospheric, convincing portrayal of the way that the decisions we make, both individually and collectively, reverberate down the years.' - Guardian
'A compelling account of loyalty, familial trust and distrust.' - Lancashire Times
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