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In The Clearing

In The Clearing

‘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


Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure 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 secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town’s dark secrets will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

On Sale: 19th March 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781529307009


Pomare skilfully controls the drip-feed of information to create a nerve-racking love story that continually blindsides the reader.
The Times
Praise for Call Me Evie:
Praise for In The Clearing:
Pomare's new novel, In the Clearing, is written with a technical aplomb that proves his first was no fluke. There's no doubt about it: Pomare is a master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller
The Australian
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
There are lots of premium crime-fiction offerings this summer, but this bloodcurdling exploration of the asphyxiating grip of a cult on its followers deserves to be at the top of your pile.
The New Daily
Pomare alternates between Freya and Amy's stories in ways that challenge the reader to work out how these two characters connect, gradually revealing the secrets of the past until all the pieces of the puzzle fit satisfyingly
Sydney Morning Herald
Both his books are testament to the fact that he could be one of the most exciting literary thriller authors to come out of the country
The Saturday Paper
Still in his early thirties, he already writes with more assurance, and more subtlety, than some of the giants in his field. It seems safe to predict that he will one day be regarded as a giant in the field too
The Australian
If J P Pomare's Call Me Evie was a slow-burner of a psychological thriller, his follow-up, In the Clearing, is a pared-back firecracker
Books + Publishing
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, author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket and Preservation
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
Pomare teases out the mystery of both Freya's past and its connection to Amy's story, delivering a thriller that's tense, twisty and eerily atmospheric.
Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian