‘Dark, gritty and full of deliciously complex characters.’
Candice Fox

‘Tight and tense, a wonderfully sharp-toothed crime thriller’

Christian White

‘A compelling story of fear, love, violence and—ultimately—hope’

Anna Downes

‘This book blew my mind, broke my heart and scared the hell out of me’

Pip Drysdale

‘This vividly told, fast-paced story is as beautiful as it is brutal.’

Allie Reynolds

Loraine Peck

Loraine Peck started her career as magician’s assistant in Sydney. After being sawn-in-half one too many times, she switched to dealing blackjack on the Gold Coast. Bartending and slinging lobsters in the US led to a sales job in the movie industry, before she was propelled into a career in marketing in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and the US.

Consumed by a desire to write crime thrillers, she decided to learn how to write the kind of book she loves to read.

Her first novel, THE SECOND SON, won the 2021 Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction (Australian Crime Writers Association), was shortlisted for the 2021 Danger Award (BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival) and two Davitt Awards: Best Crime Fiction and Best Debut Crime Fiction (Sisters in Crime). She is currently hard at work on the sequel which is scheduled for publication in April 2023.

Loraine and her husband spend their time between Sydney and the Gold Coast.