Jane Harper

02 February 2023
432 pages


'I love Jane Harper's Australia-based mysteries' - Stephen King
'Addictive storytelling' – Ann Cleeves
'An avalanche of suspense' – David Baldacci

The Sunday Times bestseller from acclaimed international bestselling sensation Jane Harper. Exiles is the gripping mystery of one woman's unsolved disappearance in Australia's wine country.

A mother disappears from a busy festival on a warm spring night.

Her baby lies alone in the pram, her mother’s possessions surrounding her, waiting for a return which never comes.

A year later, Kim Gillespie’s absence still casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather to welcome a new addition to the family.

Joining the celebrations on a rare break from work is federal investigator Aaron Falk, who begins to suspect that all is not as it seems.

As he looks into Kim’s case, long-held secrets and resentments begin to come to the fore, secrets that show that her community is not as close as it appears.

Falk will have to tread carefully if he is to expose the dark fractures at its heart, but sometimes it takes an outsider to get to the truth . . .

An outstanding novel, a brilliant mystery and a heart-pounding read from the author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man and The Survivors.

Praise for Jane Harper:


'I loved Exiles. Jane is a hugely gifted writer' – Marian Keyes
'Incontrovertibly the reigning queen of Aussie Crime' – Financial Times
'Exceptional' – Jane Casey
'Harper skillfully ratchets up the tension in this powerful, slow-burning portrait of small-town life... high quality, atmospheric crime fiction' – Mail on Sunday
'Outstanding' – C. L. Taylor

The Dry
‘Spellbinding’ – Ian Rankin
‘A sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat’ – Guardian
‘A stunningly atmospheric read’ – Val McDermid

Force of Nature
‘This gripping thriller will have readers hooked’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘Brilliantly paced, it wrong-foots the reader like a rocky trail through the bush. I adored it’ – Susie Steiner
‘Thoughtful, moving, troubling’ – Irish Times

The Lost Man
‘I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!’ – Liane Moriarty
‘Harper secures her place as queen of outback noir’ – Sunday Times
‘It totally transcends genre, and it should win all the prizes’ – Marian Keyes

The Survivors
‘A gripping mystery. . . her best book yet’ – Evening Standard
‘Phenomenal’ – Chris Whitaker
‘A compelling, terrifying thriller’ – Observer

Once again Harper proves that she is peerless in creating an avalanche of suspense with intimate, character-driven set pieces that are as exquisitely engineered as the inner workings of a Steinway. Harper’s legions of fans will exult in reading Exiles
While so much egregiously repetitive, flatly written fare holds sway in the crime fiction idiom, it’s a cause for celebration when genuinely accomplished writers energise things. A prime example? Antipodean star Jane Harper... she remains incontrovertibly the reigning queen of Aussie crime fiction.
I loved Exiles, Jane is a hugely gifted writer and her depiction of the relationships in it is masterful