Suspense and family secrets surround a pair of estranged siblings in a compelling debut thriller.

"She knew she should talk to him. But what could she say? Once there had been blame to apportion, rage to hurl. Now she no longer had a sense of that. Who knew what the facts of them being here together like this meant. What was she to make of the situation? Scott lying unconscious here in this bed, unknown to her in almost every way. She a wife, a mother, but in her mind no longer a sister. Not a sister for a very long time now."


Life Before by Carmel Reilly


Carmel Reilly is a well established author with over 300 titiles to her name.

She has written a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction for ages five to teens, with subjects that encompass topics from democracy, global cultures and the solar system to everyday life, adventurous aliens and silly superheros.

Outside of writing for children, she won the 2013 Partners in Crime Short Story Award for her entry Another Life. In 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship, and was shortlisted for a 2018 Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship. Life Before is Carmel's first novel for adults. She currently lives in Melbourne.



Life Before is a fabulous thriller:

"Lori Spyker is taking her kids to school one unremarkable day when a policeman delivers the news that her brother, Scott Green, has been injured and hospitalised following a hit and run.

Lori hasn't seen Scott in decades. She appears to be his only contact. Should she take responsibility for him? Can she? And, if she does, how will she tell her own family about her hidden history, kept secret for so long?

Twenty years before, when she and Scott were teenagers, their lives and futures, and those of their family, had been torn to shreds. Now, as Lori tries to piece together her brother's present, she is forced to confront their shared past-and the terrible and devastating truth buried there that had driven them so far apart.

Compassionate, wise and shocking, Life Before tells the gripping story of an ordinary family caught in a terrible situation. What if the worst thing you can imagine isn't the worst thing to happen? How do you go on? And what steps will you take to protect yourself from further pain?"


We have two copies of this novel Life Before by Carmel Reilly to giveaway.

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0 # Maree Gray 2019-05-09 19:41
In cool weather I love to snuggle under the blankets in bed and read to my hearts content. In warm weather I pull up a chair in the garden and read in the shade.
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0 # Leanne Mugridge 2019-05-09 21:49
A chaise lounge in the corner of my bedroom or on holiday by the pool on a banana lounge.
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0 # Sarahmary 2019-05-12 20:47
The bath. Its the one place where i can enjoy total peace and quiet and I use epsolm salt with lavender essential oil for a total relaxation experience.
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0 # Kate Barker 2019-05-13 12:03
In winter i love to read anywhere its sunny. Anywhere i can warm up in the sunshine and relax with a good book.
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0 # K morris 2019-05-13 12:05
My hubby watches football on the weekends. we sit on the lounge together he can watch and i can enjoy my book
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0 # Telly 2019-05-13 12:05
I love a good book i like to read on the bus to visit my mum
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0 # Penny Wiltshire 2019-05-14 21:34
On my bed with plenty of pillows and a warm blanket. Perfect comfort so I can completely fall into the story I am reading..
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