A stunning new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie.
Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.
Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.
As Amy and Freya's story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town's dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.
What are people saying
Clear your schedules, because after reading page one you won't be able to stop. In The Clearing is another breathtaking page-turner from the author of Call Me Evie. A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters
- Christian White, bestselling author of THE NOWHERE CHILD
Chilling, Thrilling and terrifyingly beleivable
- Robbie Arnott, award winning author of Flames
Past and present collide in this taut and unpredictable thriller ... Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems.
- Chris Hammer, bestselling author of Scrublands
A chilling depiction of the ferocious hold exerted by a cult and its adherents. This is totally absorbing fiction, made all the more shocking by the realisation that these stories recur again and again in Australian society.
- Jock Serong, award winning author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket
J.P. Pomare captivates in this haunting novel, In the Clearing. I was utterly gripped with the stories of Amy and Freya from start to finish, and fascinated by the unexpected way the two came together ... A sure-fire bestseller.
- Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-In-Law