He knew of the dark places that existed in a girls mind, the deep pockets of fear they hold. And he knew the ways to evoke them.

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About the book

We can’t ever go back, but some journeys require walking the same path again.

When three young women set off on a hike through the wilderness they are anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. Over the next five days, as they face up to the challenging terrain, it soon becomes clear they are not alone and the freedom they feel quickly turns to fear. Only when it is too late for them to turn back do they fully appreciate the danger they are in. As their friendship is tested, each girl makes an irrevocable choice; the legacy of which haunts them for years to come.

Now in their forties, Samantha, Lisa and Nicole are estranged, but agree to revisit their original hike in an attempt to salvage what they lost. As geography and history collide, they are forced to come to terms with the differences that have grown between them and the true value of friendship.


Reviews

…a gripping, haunting and moving novel that made me want to call up my best friends from high school and talk about all the things that were too terrible to face back then.

Emily Maguire, Author of An Isolated Incident

Beautifully written, unfolding like the contours of the landscape, and grounded in a deep understanding of friendship between women.

Inga Simpson, Author of Understory and Where the Trees Were

There’s a little bit of Little Big Lies about this deft and powerful study of female friendships under pressure…which sucks you in and holds you in its seductive embrace, almost unable to breathe.

The Australian Women’s Weekly (selected as the AWW ‘Great Read’ for July 2018)

Piper has achieved that glorious, decisive moment in any great novel where the reader becomes desperate to know the ending.

Readings Monthly

And as the past is slowly revealed, an air of unbearable suspense builds and builds towards a stunning crescendo…I cannot express how much this book gripped me.

9Honey

Piper gloriously demonstrates how to hook your readers and make them desperate to know the ending.

Books and Publishing, 4 Star review


This is an ambitious novel that explores unfashionable emotional terrain such as female anger, self-enforced limitation and shame…Piper does a fine job of exploring the nuances of her characters and their battles with themselves.

The Weekend Australian

This is a great read, written in clean flowing prose.

ArtsHub

…a beautifully written novel, with a powerful understanding and portrayal of friendship.

The AU Review


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