An unputdownable thriller for fans of Liane Moriarty and Caroline Overington. If you were gripped watching The Cry, you'll be hooked on Six Minutes.
'Impossible to put down and full of twists and turns you won't see coming! I loved this fabulous debut novel.' Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers
'...a suspenseful suburban thriller that steals your time and won't give it back.' Crime Book of the Month, Readings.com
How can a child disappear from under the care of four playgroup mums?
One Thursday morning, Lexie Parker dashes to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella in the safe care of the other mums in the playgroup.
Six minutes later, Bella is gone.
Police and media descend on the tiny village of Merrigang on the edge of Canberra. Locals unite to search the dense bushland. But as the investigation continues, relationships start to fracture, online hate messages target Lexie, and the community is engulfed by fear.
Is Bella's disappearance connected to the angry protests at Parliament House? What secrets are the parents hiding? And why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge room?
What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella?
The clock is ticking…
This gripping novel will keep you guessing to the very last twist.
'In a small community where everyone knows everyone else, everybody has secrets. No matter how far you try to outrun your past, even uprooting your life and the lives of your family to the literal other side of the planet, somehow you never escape.' Newtown Review of Books
Petronella McGovern works in marketing and communications, and has written two non-fiction books. She grew up on a farm near Bathurst, New South Wales. This novel was inspired by her time living on the edge of Canberra, when her children's playgroup became a soure of support and friendship. Petronella now lives in Sydney, with her husband and two children, in a house backing on the bush with wallabies in the garden. Six Minutes is her first novel. Her new novel, The Good Teacher, will be published in 2020.
Longlisted Best Debut, Indie Book Awards 2020 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - B format