Jane Harper

28 September 2023
432 pages


The slow-burning, brilliantly twisty mystery from Jane Harper, the international bestselling Number One author of The Dry

'A fantastic crime writer' - Bella Mackie

In Exiles, Investigator Aaron Falk finds himself drawn into a complex web of tightly held secrets in South Australia's wine country.

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

Her baby lies alone in the pram, waiting for a return that 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 . . .

Exiles is a New York Times and Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and the final Aaron Falk mystery. Following on from The Dry, the second novel in the Aaron Falk series, Force of Nature, is now also a film starring Eric Bana and was released in February 2024.


Praise for Jane Harper

'An avalanche of suspense' - David Baldacci
'Addictive storytelling' - Ann Cleeves
‘A hugely gifted writer’ - Marian Keyes
'Exceptional' - Jane Casey
'Outstanding' - C.L. Taylor
‘Spellbinding’ - Ian Rankin
‘A stunningly atmospheric read’ - Val McDermid
‘Brilliantly paced’ - Susie Steiner
‘I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!’ - Liane Moriarty
‘Phenomenal’ - Chris Whitaker

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.
‘This is a softer, gentler Harper, but with the same fine writing and addictive storytelling’