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Set against a ticking clock, this "taut and unpredictable" thriller pits a ruthless cult against a mother's love, revealing that our darkest secrets are the hardest ones to leave behind (Chris Hammer).

Four days to go

Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing, amidst her brothers and sisters–until a newcomer, a younger girl, joins the "family" and offers a glimpse of the outside world.
 
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Freya is going to great lengths to seem like an "everyday mum," even as she maintains her isolated lifestyle, hoping to protect her young son and her dog.
 
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When news breaks of a missing girl–a child the same age as Freya's son, Billy–Amy and Freya find themselves headed for a shocking collision.
 
One day to go

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Reader Reviews

Praise

"Pomare captivates in this haunting novel, In The Clearing. I was utterly gripped with the stories of Amy and Freya from start to finish, and fascinated by the unexpected way the two came together.Thrilling, atmospheric and with twists abounding, this book held me in its spell long after the final page. A sure-fire bestseller."—Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law
"A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters."
Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child
"There's no doubt about it: Pomare is a master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller."
Weekend Australian
"Sets its hooks on page one and doesn't let go until the final, chilling line."
Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
"A story of motherhood, damage, and a nightmarish cult . . . An outstanding and compulsive read."
Jen Conley, author of Cannibals
"A pared-back firecracker where the danger is clear and present--even if its exact shape remains opaque until the book's climax and final gasp-inducing twist."
Books & Publishing (Australia)
"Past and present collide in this taut and unpredictable thriller ... Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems."
Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands
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