> Skip to content

A powerful first novel dealing with life, loss and the redemptive power of love.

It’s not because Bel’s mother was murdered.
It’s not because her father is a politician.
Bel writes to a Death Row prisoner as an easy way out of an assignment.

But now he’s written back.

Drawn to Micah’s world inside a Thai prison, Bel finds herself falling for the boy with ragged hair, shackles and a terrible past. But is she setting herself up for more loss? And will loving him mean losing the people who mean the most to her at home?


This is an impressive debut novel, a real coming of age story. Lawrence has created authentic, likeable characters who engage the reader and drive the book.

Rebecca Kemble, Magpies

Hayley Lawrence has such a unique writing style that instantly draws you into the story and snatches your heart, and doesn’t let go until the last tear-filled moment.

Jessica’s Bookworld

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 3, 2018


    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    September 3, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks

Awards and Recognition

  • Sisters in Crime Davitt Award
    Best Young Adult Crime Novel
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Older Readers