Set against a ticking clock, this "haunting" and "atmospheric" thriller pits a ruthless cult against a mother's love, revealing that our darkest secrets are the hardest ones to leave behind (Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister).
Four days to go
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing, amidst her brothers and sisters--until a newcomer, a younger girl, joins the "family" and offers a glimpse of the outside world. Three days to go Freya is going to great lengths to seem like an "everyday mum," even as she maintains her isolated lifestyle, hoping to protect her young son and her dog. Two days to go When news breaks of a missing girl--a child the same age as Freya's son, Billy--Amy and Freya find themselves headed for a shocking collision. One day to go
About the Author
J.P. Pomare has always been drawn to the dark. He grew up on a horse-racing farm in small town New Zealand with two brothers, a sister, two cats, and two border collies. He lives with his wife in Australia, where he works in marketing, writes fiction, and hosts a literary podcast (guests have included Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer and E. Lockhart). His debut novel, Call Me Evie, was published in 2019.
"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.Thrilling, atmospheric and with twists abounding, this book held me in its spell long after the final page. A sure-fire bestseller."—Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law
“Spine-tingling . . . Pomare is able to pull off red herrings galore and crafty, satisfying twists. A heart-pounding novel made heart-rending by its reflection of real-life events.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Bombshell-laden . . . Pomare is a writer to watch.”—Publishers Weekly
"A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated
with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters."—Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child
"There's no doubt about it: Pomare is a master of the
carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller."—Weekend Australian
its hooks on page one and doesn't let go until the final, chilling line."—Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
story of motherhood, damage, and a nightmarish cult . . . An outstanding and
compulsive read."—Jen Conley, author of Cannibals
"A pared-back firecracker where the danger is clear and present--even if its exact shape remains opaque until the book's climax and final gasp-inducing twist." —Books & Publishing (Australia)
"Past and present collide in this taut and
unpredictable thriller ... Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems."—Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands
"A riveting read that kept me locked in from page one.
Textured, complex, and equally fast-paced and memorable, JP Pomare weaves together cults, the plight of motherhood, and family strife
to create a book that will linger with you long after you've read it. The past
is ever-present here, in ways both relatable and surprising. Don't miss this
one."—Alex Segura, authorof Blackout and Miami Midnight