by Nicole Trope, Allen & Unwin.
If you’re looking for a more local equivalent of Jodi Picoult, look no further than Australian author Nicole Trope, who is making a name for herself as a writer of provocative family dramas with hard-hitting issues at their core. Blame centres on the lives of two mothers, Anna and Caro, brought together through the joys and tribulations of raising their children. Only this is no “happy families” story – we meet them at crisis point, both attending a police station on the same day to answer questions about a terrible accident. Expertly working the “two sides to every story” angle, Trope reveals the shocking events that have led to the death of a child, the collapse of a friendship and the desperate quest for someone to blame.