Wake by Shelley Burr


ISBN
9780733647826
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Binding
Paperback
Pages
368
Dimensions
153 x 235mm

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 nineteen 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.

Compulsively readable, 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.

'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

'If you love Jane Harper's books, you will love this even more.' KAYTE NUNN

'This is Australian crime fiction at its very best.' MARK BRANDI

'WAKE is an incredible read: a hugely compelling mystery with a vivid rural Australia setting and fascinatingly damaged characters.' ALLIE REYNOLDS
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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 nineteen 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.

Compulsively readable, 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.

'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

'If you love Jane Harper's books, you will love this even more.' KAYTE NUNN

'This is Australian crime fiction at its very best.' MARK BRANDI

'WAKE is an incredible read: a hugely compelling mystery with a vivid rural Australia setting and fascinatingly damaged characters.' ALLIE REYNOLDS
ISBN:
9780733647826
Publication Date:
27 / 04 / 2022
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
153 x 235mm
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A thrilling Australian debut that will leave you astonished and wanting more. If you enjoyed Jane Harper, Chris Hammer or Kyle Perry with their unique outback settings, you will devour this effortless crime fiction read. - Tricia (QBD)
, 05/05/2022
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Another great debut from an Australian author! Set in a small outback Australian town, an unsolved disappearance, a "cold case" sparkes new interest when a P.A. is lured by the million dollar reward. His obsession with the search has darker motivations which is unravelled at a cracking pace! Full of twists & turns keeps you turning the pages until the unforseen end! Can't wait for her next! - Roxanne (QBD)
, 04/05/2022
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Shelley Burr's debut novel is a must read for the lovers of Aussie crime. I was hooked straight in, and don't want to put it down until I've finished it. Loads of twists to keep you guessing what happened to Evie McCreery 19 years ago. - Ann (QBD)
, 02/05/2022
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Shelley Burr's debut novel hits all the marks, with vivid descriptions of rural Australia and gripping twists and turns at every corner. Perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Gillian Flynn, 'Wake' follows Mina McCreery, a woman trying to move past her sister's disappearance, and Lane Holland, a mysterious PI with questionable intentions. Definitely a must-read for any crime lovers. - Bonnie (QBD)
, 02/05/2022
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A book that grips you from the beginning and keeps you wanting to read more. The characters are interesting and the way she writes is captivating . Set in remote NSW,it is very atmospheric with the rural backdrop almost a character itself. Perfect for fans of Australian crime fiction. - Kaya (QBD)
, 02/05/2022
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A woman with a heart of ice, the scorching heat of the outback, and a detective desparete to link it all together. Wake is an intensely atmospheric rural Australian crime drama following complex, interconnected characters as they uncover a 19 year old cold-case; the disappearance of Evelyn McCreery. This powerful book had me guessing until the very end - I couldn't recommend it enough. - Rhiarn (QBD)
, 01/05/2022
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Shelley Burr's Wake follows Mina, a recluse who has been tormented with the disappearance of her sister for 19 years, until Lane, a private investigator shows up and reignites the cold case. The tension in this unpredictable and addictive rural noir will have you reeling and gasping for more. Readers of Jane Harper, Chris Hammer and Gary Disher will devour this stunning debut! - Deeandra (QBD)
, 01/05/2022
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A tale of a family argieved and lost years after following the disappearance of one of their daughters, Shelly Burr's new gripping and emotional crime fictoin novel is a must for anyone interested in a good old murder mystery. - Elif (QBD)
, 01/05/2022
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Wake - Shelley Burr What a great debut novel by Australian author Shelley Burr. It has interesting, flawed characters with great plot lines and some secrets. I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next. A great read! - Tracey (QBD)
, 01/05/2022
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The Dagger Award was well deserved. Re-opening this cold case with a seriously flawed investigator with an odd connection to the case was clever.This chilling story takes you on a twisted path of bizzare and unsettling occurances. The reader can't help but replay every missing child case they know and look at it in a completely new way. For lovers of Chritain White and Jane Harper. - Gillian (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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The plot is about a young girl Evelyn McCreery who goes missing 19 years ago and her case has never been solved. Here enters Private Investigator Lane Holland who wants to help solve the cold case . Does he have an ulterior motive ?Lots of twists and turns in this one. You are taken on a journey where you think several people may have had a hand in the murder - Karen (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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Shelley Burr's thrilling new novel takes you on a jouney in rural Australia to discover the unsolved mystery of Evelyn McCreerpy's disappearance. Enter Mina McCreery's unwanted public life and a private investigator, Lane Holland's determination to put the peices of the puzzle together. The compelling new book is a must for crime fiction fans and anyone on the lookout for a gripping read. - Sandy (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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An unforgettable debut from Aussie author Shelley Burr. Set in remote country NSW,a private investigator & the sister of a missing girl both have secrets & are searching for the truth.... For fans of Jane Harper,Chris Hammer & Matt Nable, Wake is my new fav crime fiction read! - Sally (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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'Wake' awakens the cold, missing girl case of Evelyn McCreery when private detective Lane Holland comes to the town of Nannine. Shelley Burr's debut crime novel paints the perfect picture of the isolated Australia landscape and rural towns. Burr keeps you on your toes and wanting to read more through the use of pockets of website forums and an interesting use of third-person narration. - Angelique (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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Set in a vivd rural backdrop, Lane Holland is on the case to claim the million-dollar prize for the disapearance of Evelyn McCreery from her bedroom 19 years earlier. Will this case be solved to help easy her twin sisters pain or is there something more afoot? What a fantastic debut novel by Shelly Burr, Australias next Jane Harper! - Elizabeth (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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I LOVE a crime/thriller set in a small Australian town! Evelyn McCreery disappeared 19 years ago, her body never found & no held responsible for her disappearance. Her twin sister Mina McCreery lives a isolated life on the family farm in the same house they grew up in. With a high interest in this story enter Lane Holland a private investigator to try solve Evelyn's disappearance but what are his connections to this case and his motivation to wanting to solve it! - Wade (QBD)
, 30/04/2022
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The disappearance of Evelyn McCreery shook the town around her, none so more than her sister and its all dreged up when a cold case PI comes to town. Wake is a debut novel that will have you unable to put it down till this cold case is put to rest. - Piper (QBD)
, 29/04/2022
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Mina is plagued with isolation and grief after her sister's disapperance nineteen years ago. Character driven story with gossip, lies, and tight relationships of a small town. Mina is approched by Lane, a private investigator. Lane although driven by his own motives convinces Mina to accept his help due to his unconvential methods. If you're a fan of Jane Harper, you are sure to love this book! - Jessica (QBD)
, 29/04/2022
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Everyone thinks they know what happened to Mina's sister. Everyone is wrong. Mina's life has been defined by her sister's disappearance and she refuses when Lane, a private investigator, offers to reopen the case. But Lane's unconventional methods win her over and soon their secrets are bubbling at the surface. This page turner examines the ripples of violent crimes so delicately it's a must read. - Justine (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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Mina McCreery's twin sister Evie disappeared 19 years ago, leaving no trace. Enter Lane Holland who makes a living cracking cold cases and has his own troubled past.Both Mina and Lane hold secrets that when brought to the surface could lead to catching the killer, but could the killer be closer to home than thought? Gripping page turner, that will have you guessing till the end. - Kirsty (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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Wake is another great Australian crime fiction novel. It has very engaging characters,beautifully discribed Australian landscape, a great plot, many twists just when you think you know what is happening, and an ending you don't see coming. Perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer. - Peter (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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Fresh off the press is Shelley Burr's debut crime novel, Wake, a tale mixing murder, family, and the ever-present past set against the desolate background of an Australian sheep station. Labelled as 'a crime classic in the making' by the Crime Writers' Association, this is one book you'll want to devour in one sitting, with Burr's writing keeping readers hooked and guessing until the very end. - Bethany (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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This is another strong addition to the rural noir subgenre that has taken the nation by storm. Burr evokes a strong atmosphere as she tells of the disappearance of Evelyn McCreery and the sister who must live with the legacy of her disappearance. We get the suffocating feeling that comes with dirt covering everything and ethical questions like: after 19 years is it better Evie is dead or alive. - Georgina (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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A girl goes missing. Evelyn McCeery's family are hiding something. No signs of a break in and no footprints, mean suspicion hangs like a dark cloud over the family.Years later a private detective, Lane Holland, wants to solve the case to get the million dollar reward but also because he is hiding a secret too. For fans of The Dry and those who a love Australian crime thrillers. - Julie (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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Mina McCreery is fed up with living her life in the shadow of her missing twin, she's anxious and suspicious of any attention especially from newcomers to her small town. Lane Holland is searching, for redemption, for money and for Mina's sister Evelyn. This hugely compelling mystery by Shelley Burr transports you to rural Australia where the people taken aren't the only ones hurt. - Paige (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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With a gorgeous writing style, and true talent, Burr captured the dry heat and harsh conditions of the rural areas of this sunburnt country brilliantly. Strong leading characters, and a storyline that keeps the reader on their toes led to Wake becoming one of the better debut crime novels of this year. This book holds a relatabilitythat customers of all generations will connect with. - Katie (QBD)
, 28/04/2022
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What do you do when your entire life is subject to public opinion? When no matter how much time passes, you can't escape childhood tragedy? “Wake” is a gripping novel about what happens in the wake of private lives becoming public property. Fans of Jane Harper's “The Dry” will love this new Aussie crime from Shelley Burr. - Melissa (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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WAKE is another winner among Aussie crime fiction. Written by debut author, Shelley Burr, the story follows Mina, whose twin sister went missing 20 years ago in a case that was never closed. Living secluded in a country town, Mina is approached by a private investigator keen to help solve the case. Mina thinks all he wants is the reward money, but could he be after something else? - Alicia (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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Burr's debut of WAKE is a story full of twist and turns, making sure to keep you on your toes and keep guessing what's next. Mina McCreery has been trying to recover from her twin sister Evies disapperence nearly two decades ago, after pretending everything is find Mina is approached by a private investigor Lane Holland. Follow Mina's journey to uncovering the truth what's really happening? - Stacey (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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A missing girl; a family that would prefer to not still be in the spotlight and a private investigator who has his own reasons for wanting to solve this cold case but childhood tragedy can colour a life for years ongoing. A great Australian rural crime novel that keeps you guessing right until the end. Perfect for fans of Jane Harper, Chris Hammer & Christian White. - Susan (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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Isolated and haunted by the past, Mina McCreery lives every day reminded of the disappearance of her twin sister Evie, nineteen years ago. Mina is approached by Lane Holland, a private investigator who's riddled by his own ghosts and is set out to solve the cold case. Secrets are kept, and more are revealed with the constant thought of, What happened to Evie McCreery? - Phillippa (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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An atmospheric thriller set in small town in NSW. After the notorious disappearance of her twin sister, Mina has spent her life as a recluse. Now many years later a private investigator with a history of solving cold cases has entered Mina's life. Great twists, intriguing characters, questionable motives and an ending you won't see coming, Wake is a great crime read for fans of Jane Harper and Chr - Michael (QBD)
, 27/04/2022
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Mina's twin sister disappeared nearly 20 years ago, and now PI Lane Holland has shown up wanting to investigate again, but is he there for a reward or something else?... - Steven (QBD)
, 26/04/2022
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Nineteen years ago Mina's twin sister disappeared and there has been public interest ever since! Fast forward to the present where private investigator Lane Holland has found a new interest in the case - but are his motivations all them seem? A compelling Australian crime novel that explores what happens when private trauma becomes public property. Perfect for fans of 'The Dry' and 'Scrublands'. - Kylie (QBD)
, 26/04/2022
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This debut Australian crime novel, is a dark gritty read. It focuses on the trauma of the victim's family being brought into the public eye and hits hard in the emotional fatigue of lack of closure. For fans of Chirs Hammer or Karen Slaughter; Shelley Burr's writing has a professional polish I didn't expect from a debut. Don't 'sleep' on wake. - James (QBD)
, 26/04/2022
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Mina McCreery lost her twin sister to an assumed murder 19 years ago and has lived her life trying to hide from the intense public curiosity surrounding the mystery. Enter Lane Holland, a private investigator keen to try and crack the case but initially not trusted by Mina who just wants to move on with her life. Will he gain her trust and what will be the outcome of Lane going back to the past? - Daniela (QBD)
, 25/04/2022
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19 years ago Evelyn McCreery disappeared without a trace, and though her twin sister Mina has tried to move on with her life, things keep pulling her back. This time its Lane, a private detective, who has a knack for cold cases. But is he motivated by the reward money, or does he know something more...? Wake is fantastic debut and a compelling inclusion to the growing genre of Aus crime fiction - Erin (QBD)
, 25/04/2022
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Should Mina trust Lane and is she willing to revisit the trauma of her sister's disappearance? She sticks by a personal, isolated life to escape from the widespread mystery the public is obsessed with -- but now she must choose. If you like rural Australian crime like The Dry, this book is your next read. Burr sprinkles in uniquely Australian details that rewards the Aussie reader and hooks them with both familiarity and intrigue. And unlike most crime thrillers this day -- this one is hardly predictable. - Jaidyn (QBD)
, 25/04/2022
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Mina leads a small anxious life on a remote farm still trying to come to terms with the disappearance of her twin sister almost two decades earlier. Along comes Lane, a police academy dropout who earns his living solving cold cases and she reluctantly lets him into her tightly controlled life. Can he really help find out what happened to Evie? A great read that I would thoroughly recommend. - Lucy (QBD)
, 24/04/2022
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Mina is a woman lost in the shadow of grief, or is it madness or guilt? We never know in this crime drama about a missing sister disappeared 19 years ago, and the ongoing media witch-hunt, eager to pin the blame on Mina. A mystery full of unreliable characters and murky secrets, beautifully and evocatively written, will keep you turning the pages to unearth the skeletons in this family's closet. - Marc (QBD)
, 24/04/2022
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Wake is a tightly plotted novel and fundamentally character driven. This Australian crime drama relies on the lies people tell each other to engage readers with an acute sense of suspense. Set in a small town, the atmosphere makes the interconnections between characters tighter and the potential for misdirection all the more impactful.A great read! - Daniel (QBD)
, 24/04/2022
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19 years ago Mina's twin sister Evelyn disappeared from her bedroom and never seen again. Now Lane Holland is on a mission to crack this famous cold case for the chance of 1 million dollars with his darker motivations hidden. Shelley Burr's debut novel Wake is an excellent study on the effects of public interest in true crime stories and how they impact those closest to the crime. - Sarah (QBD)
, 24/04/2022
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The dissapearance of Evelyn McCreery has haunted the residents of the small Aussie town of Nannine. The event placed her sister, Mina, at the centre of public attention. When PI Lane Holland approaches Mina to investigate the case, shocking secrets are revealed. This compelling thriller will resonate with Australian readers and keep you reading into the night. - Elijah (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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Wake is a brilliant debut Australian thriller. It explores the case of Mina's missing twin sister Evelyn, set in the rural Australian outback and a small town where everyone knows everyone. This atmosphreic read will keep you guessing and trying to uncover the truth alongside the characters. Perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Christian White. - Sarah (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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An incredible debut novel from Shelley Burr – Aussie crime has never been so captivating! Wake is an atmospheric romp into the Australian bushland that's so gripping you'll devour it in one sitting. An examination of what happens when private lives become public property, Burr's magnificent prose is sure to enthral every reader. - Jenna (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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A gripping and atmospheric read, a compelling mystery that will leave you guessing at every turn. An essentail addition to Australian crime; perfect for fans of Jane Harper. - Julia (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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Mina's sister Evelyn went missing 19 years ago, the case was never closed. Lane Holland, a private investigator with a lot to hide, specialises in cases about missing children. As more facts come out, you find yourself wanting more and won't put this down. - Rhyannion (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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Shelly Burr's debut novel Wake takes the reader to remote country New South Wales 19 years after the disappearance of Evelyn McCreery. Evelyn's twin Mina, living a reclusive life, is approached by a shifty detective who makes his living cracking cold cases and is determined to claim to the million dollar reward posted by the twins' mother. A slow burn that keeps you guessing until the very end. - Darren (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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A compelling debut novel, perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer.19 years ago in a small Australian town, a young girl disappeared without a trace. With her twin sister and family left behind to deal with the aftermath of the disappearance and a town full of suspects and secrets, private investigator Lane Holland is determind to find out what happened to the missing girl - Amanda (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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What really happened to Evie McCreery? A gripping book from the beginning. An unsolved disappearance of a young girl. Her twin sister Mina has to live her life under the spotlight of her sister. Then a young detective Lane comes to the town to help solve the disappearance, but does he have motive to only collect the huge ransom left by her mother? Another great aussie drama. So who did it? - Stefana (QBD)
, 23/04/2022
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Would you let a stranger reopen your missing twins case after 19 years of disappointment? In her new book Wake, Shelley Burr introduces us to Mina, a quiet woman who lives alone after never fully recovering from the disappearance of her twin sister Evelyn and the theories from her home town. Enter Lane, a PI interested in diving back into the mystery after winning Mina's trust, her misgiven trust. - Ella (QBD)
, 22/04/2022
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Wake is next big thing for lovers of Aussie crime fiction! In a small, remote town, where everyone assumes they know everyone else, something sinister brews. 19 years ago, Evie McCreery disappeared without a trace. What happened to her? Shelley Burr's incredible debut novel stands up against the greats of the genre, from Jane Harper to Chris Hammer. - Melanie (QBD)
, 22/04/2022
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In small dusty ghost town in outback NSW lies a nineteen year old mystery of Evelyn McCreery's disappearance. An almost impossible crime to solve with no evidence to work with. A crime that attracted intense public interest that left her sister a recluse. 19 years later and a drop out private investigator, Lane, enters into the picture. Will this solve the case or lead to more trouble? - Brittni (QBD)
, 21/04/2022
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Hooks you in and doesn't stop! A fascinating Australian debut that puts you sweltering in the outback with your nerves on edge. With remarkable characters and an unforgettable twist, WAKE is an unmissable tale of the undying love between two sisters and the lengths we go to for justice. - Katrina (QBD)
, 17/04/2022

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