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After You Were Gone

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What happens to a family when a child goes missing?

In a busy street market, Abbie lets go of six-year-old Sarah's hand.

She isn't a bad mother, just exhausted.

But when she turns around, her daughter is gone.

Six years on, Abbie is in love and getting married. But her fragile peace is constantly threatened: not knowing what happened to Sarah.

Then she receives a phone call from a man claiming to know what happened, but if Abbie tells anyone she'll never find out the truth.

After You Were Gone is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that poses the question: How far would you go to find your child?
Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An original thriller full of empathy. Flawed and vulnerable, Abbie is so real. I was with her all the way." - Sarah Bailey

"Gripping, propulsive, and unbearably tense - the best psychological thriller I've read in years." - Mark Brandi

"An elegant, powerful and utterly compelling thriller. The best book I have read all year." - Lucy Christopher

"Through captivating prose and an intricately crafted plot, After You Were Gone explores the complexities of what it means to be a mother: the joy, the rage, the floundering--and the desperate, unquenchable love." - Amy Suiter Clarke

"Beautifully written and superbly unnerving, After You Were Gone is the very best kind of thriller: tender and wise as well as pulse-poundingly tense, with characters so real you want to linger with them even as you race through the pages, desperate to find out what happens. Absolutely wonderful, I could not have loved or admired it more." - Anna Downes

"After You Were Gone cleaves open ideas of friendship and family, revealing the complex inner workings of our closest relationships. In doing so, Wakefield achieves what all good crime writers aspire to do: she forces the reader to stress-test their own sense of morality. She looks you in the eye and asks what would you do if the unthinkable happened? What would you sacrifice? How far would you go? At once tense and atmospheric, After You Were Gone is also brilliantly plotted and populated with complex characters. An exciting new voice in Australian crime." - J P Pomare

"Elegantly written and utterly chilling. A dark and twisting novel of psychological suspense that will have you turning pages and checking your locks." - Emma Viskic

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