She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating …
When investigative journalist Chrissie O’Brian lands a senior job at The Argus, she is desperate to escape the nightmares of her past. Her life has become a daily battle to numb the pain. But her job is something she can do better than anyone else – and the only thing that keeps the memories at bay.
A face-off on the waterfront between the unions and big business is just the kind of story to get her career back on track. But after a dockworker who confided in her turns up dead, Chrissie becomes obsessed with unravelling the truth. When a gruesome threat lands on her desk, it's clear someone is prepared to do anything to stop her.
But who is more dangerous – a ruthless enemy or a woman pushed to the edge? Used to fighting her own demons, this is one battle Chrissie is determined not to lose.
Where the Truth Lies was shortlisted for the prestigious Unpublished Manuscript Award in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
‘A complex and compelling debut that’s impossible to put down!’ CHRISTIAN WHITE, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child, The Wife and the Widow
'A clever, explosive thriller ... I love Kilmore’s flawed heroine’s feistiness and her determination to take on the old boys’ network. Truly impressive' PETRONELLA MCGOVERN, bestselling author of Six Minutes
‘Kilmore holds an unflinching mirror up to Melbourne’s darker side in this gritty tale full of twists, packed with compelling characters. An exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction’ JANE HARPER, bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man
‘A gripping and gritty novel introducing a heroine who’s just as layered and complex’ Who magazine
Karina Kilmore is a writer and newspaper journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. Under the byline Karina Barrymore, she covered almost every major business scandal and financial event since the 1987 global share market crash and has written for US, UK, Australian and New Zealand publications. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, was shortlisted for the prestigious Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2017. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, she now lives in Richmond in Melbourne. She is working on her second book.
Where the Truth Lies is a clever, gripping thriller with complex characters and chilling secrets at its core. Karina Kilmore’s flawed heroine takes us through Melbourne’s gritty underside in a desperate quest to uncover the truth. The investigative journalist battles to piece together a dark puzzle of unexplained deaths, big business, trade unions and media manipulation. I love her feistiness and determination to take on the old boys’ network. This compelling story touches on so many hot-button topics that you’ll keep thinking about it long after you’ve finished the last page. A truly impressive debut.
– Petronella McGovern, bestselling author of Six Minutes
‘A complex and compelling debut that’s impossible to put down!’
– CHRISTIAN WHITE, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child, The Wife and the Widow
‘You will be spellbound … Death comes vividly to life in news reporter Chrissie O’Brian’s chilling search for Where the Truth Lies.'
– JOANNE DRAYTON, author of The Search for Anne Perry, Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime
‘Chrissie O'Brian is a terrific new character to the crime fiction pantheon. Broken, tenacious and uncompromising’
– Mary Martin Bookshop
‘A gritty tale full of twists, Where The Truth Lies is page turner packed with compelling characters. An exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction.’
– JANE HARPER, bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man
‘A gripping and gritty novel introducing a heroine who’s just as layered and complex’
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