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Summary

This brilliant debut is dark yet hilarious, suspenseful but full of joy.

When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town. Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect. Desperate mother Jess' grief is driving her to extreme measures. Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake is also a suspect. Photographer Jerry is a suspect who is determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all. And investigating them all is a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own....

In Chris Whitaker's brilliant and original debut novel, missing persons, secret identities and dangerous lies abound in a town as idiosyncratic as its inhabitants.

©2016 Chris Whitaker (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

''This quirky debut entertains and intrigues.'' ( Sunday Times)
''Perpetually fascinating.'' ( Heat)

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Really great story

Great story. Lots of twists and turns. Narrator was superb. I was thoroughly gripped by it and I highly recommend this book

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Such A good listen

The narration was so good, really bought all the characters to life, made me laugh, Mamie and his mum so funny but book sad at the same time, really recommend.

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Belting first novel

This is an exceptional debut from a world class author. Kept me guessing until the very end. Permeated with gentle humour, this is a very gripping tale with some nicely.drawn characters. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next. Needless to say Jeff Harding's narration is wonderful as ever.

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Fluffy put-your-mind-in-neutral holiday read. Mildly funny and largely predictable. The forced twist at the end doesn't really add up. I do wish authors would plan their books instead of making it up as they go along.

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Very First Audiobook

This was my very first audiobook and defo doesnt dissapoint. Although there are lots of characters, they’re all distinct enough to be able to differentiate and remember them. Couldnt stop listening.