WINNER: IPPY SILVER MEDAL, VARUNA FELLOWSHIP
When the wilderness is not your only enemy, who do you trust?
Television reporter Callie Brown likes big cities and good coffee. But, running from a broken heart, she agrees to join old friends at the strangest of reunions: a trek into New Zealand’s most savage and remote mountains. What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.
- "Taut suspense and lush descriptions." Literary Inklings
- "Satisfyingly insightful." Margaret Newman
- "By turns shocking, satisfying, tragic, and poignant, but ultimately life-affirming." Debbie Young's Reading Life
- "So far this is my favourite fiction read of the year." Clare O'Beara, Amazon UK Top 500 Reviewer
Eight people were in the room when a fledgling actress died. Ten years later they are together again, invited to trek into the wild heart of Fiordland, New Zealand. Most are not athletes, so why have they agreed to come? They expect to test an alternative to the famed Milford Track. By the time they understand the expedition's true purpose, old secrets are baring their claws, and it is too late to turn back.
Belinda Pollard is an award-winning Australian mystery author and former journalist who loves mountain hiking despite bad knees and a fear of heights. Since the 1990s a writer of Christian meditations, the words "Poison Bay" on a map of New Zealand triggered her journey to the sinister end of the bookshelf. Spooky and remote, it was a location just begging for a mystery. A specialist book editor and publishing consultant, Belinda's blog Write & Publish Like a Pro at www.smallbluedog.com draws many thousands of readers each month. As a speaker, she addresses audiences ranging from writers and readers to business owners on topics that are both practical and inspirational. Belinda lives in Brisbane, Queensland where she undertakes ball-throwing duties for a socially awkward dog named Rufus.