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Tara Marlow’s upcoming suspense novel. Releasing mid-2024.


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Em McKinney is just trying to survive the spectacular media frenzy surrounding her divorce to her actor-husband, Callum Walsh.

Escaping to her native Australia, Em signs up to housesit a beautiful farm in southern Tasmania, where she hopes to finish the cookbook she’s been dreaming of for years.

Surrounded by loveable dogs, quirky chickens, and Weetbix-loving goats, it’s almost too good to believe. But when a malicious note arrives on her doorstep, along with nosy neighbours, Em’s insecurities begin to weigh in.

When her mother suddenly disappears and the threats escalate, Em must trust in her own instincts – and her friends – if she’s going to uncover who is behind it all.

Everyone has secrets but someone is out for revenge – and they’re dead set on succeeding.


This novel was inspired by my own experiences as a housesitter.

After being shown a property, my husband and I were shown ‘a pit’, where we were instructed to throw any dead carcasses during our housesit.

At first we were shocked, then my writer brain kicked in. I turned to my husband and said, “There’s a story there, begging to be written.”