by Mercedes Mercier
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 06 Jun 2023
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, HarperCollins AU
'Tension and menace ... Mercier wields exceptional talent' CANDICE FOX
'Will keep you turning pages late into the night: don't say you weren't warned!' HAYLEY SCRIVENOR
'Suspenseful, smart and utterly gripping' BETTER READING
Only a handful of inmates in Westmead Prison have committed crimes so atrocious that they've been locked away for life, and for fifteen years, convicted murderer Tomas Kovak has refused to disclose where he hid the body of his victim, a vulnerable young woman.
When Kovak is diagnosed with terminal cancer, intense pressure is put on Dr Laura Fleming, criminal psychologist, to find the location of Kovak's victim so her grieving family can find some sort of closure.
Laura has to use all of her training, skills and instinct to form a connection with the cold, remorseless killer, a man who has refused any psychological assessment since the day he confessed to the murder.
With every session, Laura becomes more and more convinced that something about Kovak's story doesn't ring true, and as his health rapidly deteriorates, the pressure on Laura ramps up. She becomes increasingly desperate, resorting to unconventional methods to find out what she can from the secretive man.
As she inches closer to the truth, she discovers some people will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden ... and the people Laura cares most about are fair game.
Love can make you do terrible things.
'Tension and menace ... Mercedes Mercier wields exceptional talent to keep the reader flipping pages.' CANDICE FOX
'Dr Laura Fleming is back! This book will have you turning pages late into the night: don't say you weren't warned!' HAYLEY SCRIVENOR
'Twisty and whip smart ... You'll devour this novel' ALI LOWE
'A page-turner of the highest order ... Enthralling' MEREDITH JAFFE
'A stunning thrill ride ... A must read' NINA D. CAMPBELL
'Cracking pace, crisp prose and compelling plot culminate in a nail-biting climax. Mercier's inner knowledge of the criminal justice system puts her in a league of her own' VERONICA LANDO
'Dr Laura Fleming is one of my favourite characters. I want her job.' B.M. CARROLL
'Tense, propulsive, sharply plotted ... Black Lies is a fresh spin on crime, and an enthralling mystery which will leave you frantically guessing to the last page. I couldn't put it down!' JOSH HORTINELA, DYMOCKS SYDNEY