May 2017

Book Excerpt 10

The room smells of stale alcohol and vomit, but the sun casts a beautiful slice of gold across Pete’s fully clothed body as he lies face down on…

Book Excerpt 9

“Do you have any photos?” she asks quietly, her mouth half covered by blankets. “Of what?” “My family.” “Why would I have photos of your family?” “I don’t…

Book Excerpt 8

It’s been three days since Peter switched on his phone. Occasionally, he puts his hand around it, still in his pocket, where he feels it pulsing, despite its…

Book Excerpt 7

How long have they been here? It feels like they’ve always been here. The room is littered with empty coffee mugs, half eaten toast and discarded clothes. It…

Book Excerpt 5

He might be wrong, but he’s sure she’s made an effort tonight. Her eyelashes are heavy with mascara, like he remembers from school. Eyes lighter and greener for…

Book Excerpt 3

An insistent knocking brings Sonja slowly back to consciousness and she opens her eyes to see an empty vodka bottle about four inches from her face. Head heavy…

Book Excerpt 2

“I hope you don’t mind sitting outside,” she says. It’s freezing cold, but he smiles grimly and says, “No, it’s fine.”  His heart races in his chest. She…

Book Excerpt 6

Peter wakes up instantly wired, knowing it’s too early. Thin morning light streams through the flimsy mesh curtain that is strung across Josie’s window. Every cell in his…

Book excerpt 1

A bell rang and the doors erupted like sliced arteries, dark uniformed bodies spilling out into the sunlight in a surge of human noise, flowing past each other…

Book Excerpt 4

She was twenty three when she met Jerry, and she was working in another bar in another busy town in another remote country. Her days were spent sitting…

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Book Excerpt 8

The car stereo was playing  “I wish” by the Longpigs: heartfelt, mournful, full of hope, and I was in the back, my knees jammed up around my chin, my feet on…