An Impact Press book
Published: 1 November 2018
ISBN ePUB: 978-1-925384-58-1
Categories: crime fiction, literary fiction
Also available as an ebook from Kobo, Apple and Amazon Kindle
Joanna Baker is the award-winning author of four murder mysteries. Her first novel, Devastation Road, won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was described by The Age as ‘an outstanding first novel’. Joanna was born in Hobart and educated at The Friends’ School, the Australian National University and RMIT. She sets her novels in the two places she loves: Tasmania and the wine and high country of North Eastern Victoria. She also writes and speaks about murder mysteries – why they are so enduring, and why they are not trivial. Her latest novel, The Slipping Place, is out now.
The Slipping Place
How far will a mother go to protect her son?
By Joanna Baker
An elusive truth at the corner of your eye, that vanishes as you turn towards it.
Veronica Cruickshank’s youngest child Roland is her idealistic one – a fighter of lost causes, and the who needs protecting, particularly from himself.
So when she hears he is back in Hobart helping an old school friend, Treen McShane, Veronica tries to track him down – but all she finds are second hand reports, whispers of horrific abuse, stories of a small child being hurt.
Then Roland sends Veronica a text message, asking her to go to the Slipping Place, high on Mount Wellington, a picnic spot known only to their family. Here she discovers Treen’s frozen body.
Knowing Roland will be suspected of leaving Treen to die, Veronica resolves to find out what really happened. But as long-buried truths slowly surface, she uncovers a secret that brings the violence closer to home than she could have ever imagined…
From the winner of the Sister’s in Crime Davitt Award comes a compelling literary murder mystery of subtlety and depth, set against the stunning backdrop of Tasmania.
Praise for The Slipping Place
Longlisted for the Sister’s in Crime Davitt Award 2019
‘An evocative read that conjures up the illusion of mania, psychosis and paranoia in a disturbing manner that will compel you to keep reading. I willingly followed Baker as she skilfully leads me away from the actual killer and entangles me in a web of deceit and half-truths.’
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