Swimming in the Dark follows the story of high school student Serena who disappears in her small home town of Alexandra in New Zealand. Her sister Lynnie is forced to return to Alexandra to search for her sister, a place she has tried to leave behind. A link to the girl's disappearance comes in the form of local German residents Ilse and Gerda Klein, whose memories of their home country under Stasi rule give them a unique understanding of the reasons for her disappearance. The novel explores how past experiences affect how we see the present and the awful power of silence about those experiences.
The novel is compellingly written, leaving the reader with their heart in their mouth and gripping the pages at the end of each chapter. It’s the kind of book that is full of unexpected twists and turns, jolting the reader into a suspense-filled world of dark secrets.
Paddy Richardson, award winning and best-selling author of 2013's Cross Fingers was one of the only international authors invited to attend the prestigious Leipzig and Frankfurt Book fairs in 2012, and it was this trip that inspired the German characters in Swimming in the Dark.
With thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia, I have two copies of this intriguing book to giveaway.
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