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Second Sight


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.

‘A fiery and thrilling read by one of Australia’s most talented crime writers.’

– Better Reading

‘The tension is high, the pace rapid and the plot primed to keep the pages turning.’

– The Australian

‘This brilliantly crafted, slow-burn crime novel from Australian Clifford (All These Perfect Strangers) 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.'

– Publishers Weekly

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