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Combining the emotional power and dual narrative style of Before We Were Yours with the nuanced, layered, and atmospheric mystery of The Dry, a powerful debut novel revolving around a shocking disappearance, two neighbor families, and shameful secrets from the past that refuse to stay buried. It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father phoning from Sydney. 30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens' next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. At the time, it was thought she had fled a broken marriage and gone to start a new life; but now Mandy's family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla's father Joe was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and now he's under suspicion of murder.

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Susan Allott

Susan Allott is a British author who lived and worked in Australia in the late nineties, desperately homesick but trying to make Sydney her home. She completed the Faber Academy course in 2016, during which she was persuaded not to abandon this novel. She now lives in south London with her two children and her very Australian husband. For more information, please visit www.susanallott.com and follow Susan on Twitter (@susanallott) , Instagram (@susanallottauthor) , and Facebook (@sallottauthor) .

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