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SCRUBLANDS Chris Ham­mer Wild­fire £16.99

This mighty crime thriller which was the run­away Aus­tralian 2018 best­seller, de­serves to re­peat its suc­cess here. The set­ting’s the New South Wales out­back ham­let of Ri­versend where the town’s much loved priest gath­ered his flock to­gether and then with icy calm pro­duced a ri­fle and shot five par­ish­ioners dead, be­fore him­self be­ing gunned down by a young po­lice­man. A year later, re­porter Martin Scars­den (still re­cov­er­ing from a ter­ri­fy­ing Gaza Strip ex­pe­ri­ence) is despatched to find out how Ri­versend’s cop­ing. Martin isn’t ex­pect­ing much more than a colour piece, but what he un­cov­ers is a sim­mer­ing stew of se­crets and lies, and the shock­ing story that’s emerg­ing puts him on the na­tion’s front pages. Then, as TV crews and jour­nal­ists de­scend on the bak­ing drought-hit town the lid blows off, lead­ing to more deaths, bod­ies found, and re­crim­i­na­tions. But, some­one with in­flu­ence is pulling strings to get Martin sacked and his story of a hunted war crim­i­nal, an il­licit drugs op­er­a­tion and hushed-up sex scan­dals, dis­cred­ited. Be­ing trapped in the mid­dle of a rag­ing bush­fire ‘like be­ing chased by a dragon’ doesn’t even stop him as twists and shocks keep com­ing. Re­view by Alex Gor­don. Who wrote Aussie best­seller The Dry? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Scrublands com­pe­ti­tion by Jan 17.

BE­TWEEN THE LIES Michelle Adams Head­line £8.99

A crush­ing feel­ing of panic clev­erly per­vades this story of a young wo­man wak­en­ing in hospi­tal from a coma, but with no mem­ory. The peo­ple at Chloe Daniels’ bed­side say they are her par­ents and sis­ter, but she doesn’t recog­nise them, or re­mem­ber the blanks be­fore the near-fa­tal crash they try

THE RU­MOUR Les­ley Kara Ban­tam Press £12.99

Gos­sip can cre­ate a ru­mour, spread­ing like rust through a com­mu­nity, cor­rod­ing trust and cre­at­ing fear. A school gate hud­dle changes es­tate agent and sin­gle mum Joanna’s life when there’s a whis­per, no­to­ri­ous Sally McGowan the child killer may be liv­ing amongst them and fill in. Later, trapped in her par­ents’ home to re­cover, her dom­i­neer­ing psy­chi­a­trist fa­ther in­ter­feres in her treat­ment, Chloe recog­nises they are keep­ing se­crets, hid­ing things. But, what? This nail-biter keeps you guess­ing as it twists and turns. in a safe house un­der a new iden­tity. No one knows how McGowan looks 40 years af­ter she killed. She could be any­one Joanna meets. Even the frosty client she dealt with to­day. You’ll be gripped by the para­noia, fever­ishly guess­ing what’s next as Joanna fears

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