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Sinister stories from this vast island continent.

Our wide-open spaces offer plenty of places to hide. Close to a million kilometres of roads offer plenty of directions to run. And whether you’re sweating it in croc-country up north, sheltering on the rugged coast or holing up in the outback, the harsh beauty of our physical surrounds lends an extra layer of menace. Here are some contemporary Australian thrillers to die for.

  • A terrifying, twisting debut from TV news journalist Katherine Firkin. It's time for a killer to leave his mark . . .

  • Ex-cop Ted Conkaffey is slowly rebuilding his life in Crimson Lake, and getting to know his three-year-old daughter, Lillian. But when he and his PI partner Amanda take on the case of a boy who seems to have literally disappeared into thin air, his job once again threatens everything . . .

  • I won't walk alone by the mountain trees, or the hungry man will come for me . . .

  • A nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making A Murderer on its head, Greenlight will shock with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

  • From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author Candice Fox comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .

  • A heart-stopping novel of deception and delusion from an exciting new Australian author of domestic noir.

  • Set in Queensland during a time of tremendous social upheaval, Riptides is a gripping family drama about dreams, choices and consequences, from the author of the acclaimed Half Moon Lake.

  • A gritty and clever thriller from long-time Penguin author Peter Goldsworthy.

  • Someone's stolen your baby. But no one believes you.

  • The heart-stopping new novel of deception and delusion from the bestselling author of The Girl in Kellers Way.

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