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In this spine-chilling gothic thriller, a woman on the brink travels to a remote writers’ retreat to uncover the secrets of her past and lands herself in a deadly situation that could destroy her future.

Kate arrives on the wild, remote island of Rathlin in the freezing Irish Channel for a ten-day writers’ retreat. Plagued by memories she can’t unravel and desperate to understand the breakdown of her marriage, Kate is determined to leave the retreat with answers.

As the retreat’s director uses techniques that tap into the eerie mythology of the island, Kate becomes increasingly fascinated by him and her surrounds. But when the temperature plummets and the strange therapy intensifies, her memories unspool. Triggered into a series of disturbing flashbacks, Kate realises her past hides a frightening truth, but can she trust her own mind?

Faced with dark secrets and duplicity, Kate must unlock the answers she’s so desperate to find – and survive the danger she has unwittingly walked into.

The Fog is a haunting debut that delves into the human psyche and our ability to cope when pushed to extremes ... This dark, eerie read will keep you on edge until the very last page.’ Petronella McGovern, author of The Last Trace

‘A mind-bending gut punch of a novel. I had my heart in my mouth the entire time I was reading!’ Dinuka McKenzie, author of Taken

‘In this smouldering novel, past and present collide as secrets are unlocked and dangers lurk around every corner. Brooke Hardwick is a master of tension and suspense.’ Vikki Petraitis, author of The Unbelieved

‘This gothic thriller about control and manipulation is deeply unsettling and eerie in the best possible way, with atmosphere to spare, assured writing and a remote island setting that’s a character in its own right.’ Kate Riordan, author of Summer Fever

‘Suffused with a creeping sense of dread and an eclectic cast of characters, The Fog is an accomplished debut that draws deeply on its evocative setting to pull the reader into a dark secret.’ Amanda Reynolds, author of Close to Me

The Fog is a beautifully written, utterly absorbing and atmospheric thriller. I tore through it.’ Katy Brent, author of The Murder After the Night Before

About The Author

Photograph by Megan Peacock

Born in tropical North Queensland, Brooke Hardwick graduated with a teaching degree and left to see the world. Since then, she’s lived and worked in England, Scotland and Hong Kong and is currently based in an ancient fort town shaped like a snowflake in the Netherlands. She is fascinated with the psychology of psychological thrillers and thinks there’s nothing more terrifying than human nature. When she isn’t writing, Brooke combs fields for shards of Delft pottery and reads thrillers until she’s too scared to sleep. The Fog is her debut novel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (September 4, 2024)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761421365

Raves and Reviews

‘A mind-bending gut punch of a novel. I had my heart in my mouth the entire time I was reading!’

Dinuka McKenzie, author of Taken

The Fog is a haunting debut that delves into the human psyche and our ability to cope when pushed to extremes. Author Brooke Hardwick intertwines a harsh, remote island with a mysterious history and mythology to create a challenging environment which echoes the inner turmoil of the characters. This dark, eerie read will keep you on edge until the very last page.’

Petronella McGovern, author of The Last Trace

The Fog is a disorientating Gothic novel and an intense psychological thriller with a startling conclusion.’

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