When Eliza Carmody returns to her hometown after a destructive wildfire, she witnesses a crime that draws her back into the mysteries of a childhood she thought she’d left behind for good.
When the biggest legal case of her career brings Eliza Carmody back to Kinsale, the hometown she thought she had left forever, she witnesses an old friend commit a crime that sends her on a dangerous quest to uncover the mysteries of her childhood that the rest of the town seems willing to ignore.
With her friend on the run and the police investigating the bones on an unidentified dead body at a historic homestead near town, Eliza becomes convinced that the truth lies in her memories of the New Year’s Eve years ago when her friend Grace disappeared from Kinsale forever.
With the town still reeling from the devastating fire and powerful local families determined to protect young men from the consequences of their actions, Eliza begins to suspect that no one – even those she needs to trust the most – is telling the truth.
Praise for Second Sight
‘This brilliantly crafted crime novel takes a plunge into driving thriller territory. A writer to watch.’ Starred review, US Publishers Weekly
‘Fans of Jane Harper’s mysteries will feel right at home.’ Booklist
‘The tension is high, the pace rapid and the plot primed to keep the pages turning.’ The Australian
‘Incisive prose that establishes Clifford as something of a stylist. Trouble and teenagers are at the heart of this fine crime novel that introduces us to Melbourne lawyer Eliza Carmody ... Nice work.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘You won't put this book down until the final page is done.’ Adelaide Advertiser
‘I read Second Sight like I was on fire. I couldn't get enough of Eliza Carmody.’ Sarah Bailey, bestselling author of The Dark Lake
‘A compelling story about secrets, small town loyalties, and lies.’ Emma Viskic, author of Resurrection Bay
This is Aoife Clifford's debut novel, but she has won the two major Australian crime writing prizes in short story form and has been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger. In 2013 she was awarded an Australian Society of Author's mentorship for All These Perfect Strangers. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.
‘This brilliantly crafted, slow-burn crime novel slides with delicious subtlety from a story that begins in small-town reminiscences and regrets, moves into amateur investigation blended with personal history and deep secrets, and then takes a plunge into driving thriller territory. The author tugs hard at universal human emotions as she explores themes of grief and the unreliability of memory. Clifford is definitely a writer to watch.’
– Publishers Weekly (starred)
‘Fans of Jane Harper’s mysteries will feel right at home.'
‘A thematically rich study in fragile memories and outright duplicity. And yes, it is utterly gripping.’
‘Incisive prose that establishes Clifford as something of a stylist. Trouble and teenagers are at the heart of this fine crime novel that introduces us to Melbourne lawyer Eliza Carmody . . . Nice work.’
– Sydney Morning Herald
‘A gripping thriller. The tension is high, the pace rapid, and the plot primed to keep the pages turning. Clifford’s interwoven themes let her tackle significant contemporary issues.’
– The Australian
‘You won’t put this book down until the final page is done.’
– Adelaide Advertiser
‘I was addicted from page one and I read Second Sight like I was on fire. Perfect pacing. Aoife Clifford has painted a wonderful portrait of a town struggling under the weight of its secrets. I couldn’t get enough of Eliza Carmody.’
– Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake
‘A gripping, gut-wrenching thriller. The novel moves at a tantalizing pace. Second Sight is an excellent, tense, slick mystery that investigates a small town’s evil secrets.’
– Foreword Reviews (starred)
‘With its shifting viewpoints and sharply observed characters, Second Sight is a shrewdly paced account of a young litigation lawyer's investigation into a suspicious fire and her own troubled history.’
– Garry Disher, author of Bitter Wash Road
‘With Second Sight, Aoife Clifford confirms herself as one of Australia’s up-and-coming crime writers . . . A compelling story about secrets, small town loyalties, and lies.’
– Emma Viskic, author of Resurrection Bay
‘Aoife Clifford is brilliant at showing how the past is a strong, pulsing stream that infects and directs the present. She’s done it again with Second Sight, a pacy, gripping thriller with thick ropes of regret, trauma, misunderstood love and misdirected duty slithering beneath.’
– Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident
‘Skilfully plotted and intricate, Second Sight is another engrossing read by one of our most talented crime writers. Aoife Clifford's second novel explores how the impact of decisions made decades ago can reverberate, to devastating effect, in the present . . . Highly recommended.’
– Anna George, author of What Came Before
‘Clifford absolutely nailed it again. The characters were beautifully drawn and the small town intrigues kept me turning pages to the big reveal at the end. Brava!’
– Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow
‘Second Sight put me right there in Kinsale with Eliza Carmody. Heavy with secrets, twisty, propulsive, and beautifully written, it grabbed me from the first sentence and just didn’t let go. Impossible to put down and even more impossible to shake after you’re finished.’
– William Boyle, author of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself
‘A beautifully crafted tale of treachery, tangled perceptions, and family dysfunction. Clifford masterfully packages skewed realities and hard-held grudges in a ride that breathlessly picks up speed until its last shocking conclusion. Impossible to put down!’
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