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The Wrong Woman | JP Pomare | Avid Reader

Thursday, 11 August 2022




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'An expertly plotted mystery with echoes of Lee Child. I raced through it and missed it once I finished.' Allie Reynolds

Join our emerging writers salon introducing Olivia de Zilva, Brooke Maddison and Amber Gwynne when Martine Kropkowski is in-conversation with JP Pomare discussing his new crime novel The Wrong Woman.

It was a tragic accident. Wasn't it? A private investigator returning to the hometown he fled years ago becomes entangled in the disappearance of two teenage girls in this stunning literary crime thriller.

Reid left the small town of Manson a decade ago, promising his former Chief of Police boss he'd never return. He made a new life in the city, became a PI and turned his back on his old life for good.

Now an insurance firm has offered him good money to look into a suspicious car crash, and he finds himself back in the place he grew up - home to his complicated family history, a scarring relationship breakdown and a very public career-ending incident.

As Reid's investigation unfolds, nothing is as it seems: rumours are swirling about the well-liked young woman who crashed the car, killing her professor husband, and there are whispers about a second local student who has just disappeared.

As Reid veers off course from the job he has been paid to do, will he find himself in the dangerous position of taking on the town again?

Praise for the critically acclaimed, award-winning novels of J. P. Pomare, Call Me Evie, In the Clearing, Tell Me Lies and The Last Guests:

'A plot that will drag breathless readers to the finish line.' Herald Sun

'A master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller.' The Australian

'The best crime and thriller writer in New Zealand.' newsroom

'One of the most exciting literary thriller authors to come out of the country.' The Saturday Paper

'The atmosphere that Pomare creates is filled with unease and suspense.' Better Reading

'A magician, whose every plot is like a magic trick.' Michael Robotham

'Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems.' Chris Hammer

'A cunning, complex, contemporary thrill-ride that seems poised for the bestseller list.' Christian White

'Couldn't put it down, can't stop thinking about it. Bump it to the top of your must-read list immediately.' Anna Downes

'This nerve-wracking, fast-paced tale takes all our fears about surveillance technology and twists them into one nightmarish Gordian knot.' Rose Carlyle

J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer whose work has been widely published. His debut novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. Pomare's novels In The Clearing and The Last Guests were critically acclaimed bestsellers, while his novel Tell Me Lies was a #1 Audible bestseller and was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. The Wrong Woman is his fifth book.

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