Please join us on Saturday 15th April at 10.30am in our Port Macquarie Library for a chat with Australian crime thriller author Dinuka McKenzie and our Leanne.
Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and was published in February 2022. Her then unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize and is out in 2023. She is represented by Alex Adsett Literary. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers Unleashed Festival.
She lives in Southern Sydney with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.
A parent’s worst nightmare. A case that’s too close to home. The tense, must-read new Detective Kate Miles novel from the award-winning author of The Torrent.
‘I was in the shower. I left Sienna in her bassinet …When I got out … She was gone.’
Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is back from maternity leave and struggling on multiple fronts – the pressures of a second child, financial strain from her husband losing his job, and a corruption scandal that may involve her father.
When an infant goes missing, Kate finds herself fronting a high-profile and emotionally fraught case. Was baby Sienna removed from her bassinet by an unknown abductor or is the answer much closer to home?
Amidst a frenzied media demanding answers, and a station chief looking for any reason to remove her from the investigation, Kate is pushed to her limits, pulled between the competing demands of the family at the centre of the case and her own spiralling personal life.
‘Thrilling, yes. Action-packed, absolutely. Most importantly, though, utterly moving. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as connected to a character as I am to Kate Miles, who is now, I’m happy to say, my favourite fictional detective. Dinuka McKenzie will have you feverishly turning pages, mark my words.’ Ben Hobson
‘A brilliant follow-up to The Torrent, this book should be top of your reading list for 2023. McKenzie takes readers into a dark, labyrinthine maze of secrets and lies: everyone seems to be guilty of something, but does it mean they’re criminals? This intense, twisty mystery will have you hooked from the start.’ Katherine Kovacic
Dinuka photo credit: Emma Stergio.