Better Reading Preview: Life Before by Carmel Reilly

Better Reading Preview: Life Before by Carmel Reilly

Our next Preview title is Life Before by Carmel Reilly! To register your interest in being a Preview reviewer for this title, just fill out the form below. Please only enter once, and please note we have 50 copies of this book to give away:

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Synopsis

Suspense and family secrets surround a pair of estranged siblings in a compelling debut thriller.She knew she should talk to him. But what was she to say? Once there had been blame to apportion, rage to hurl. Now she no longer had a sense of that. Who knew what the facts of them being here together like this meant. What was she to make of the situation? Scott lying unconscious here in this bed, unknown to her in almost every way. She now a wife, a mother, but in her mind no longer a sister. Not a sister for a very long time now.Lori Spyker is taking her kids to school one unremarkable day when a policeman delivers the news that her brother, Scott Green, has been injured and hospitalised following a hit and run.Lori hasn't seen Scott in decades. She appears to be his only contact. Should she take responsibility for him? Can she? And, if she does, how will she tell her own family about her hidden history, kept secret for so long?Twenty years before, when she and Scott were teenagers, their lives and futures, and those of their family, had been torn to shreds. Now, as Lori tries to piece together her brother's present, she is forced to confront their shared past-and the terrible and devastating truth buried there that had driven them so far apart.Compassionate, wise and shocking, Life Before tells the gripping story of an ordinary family caught in a terrible situation. What if the worst thing you can imagine isn't the worst thing to happen? How do you go on? And what steps will you take to protect yourself from further pain?
Carmel Reilly
About the author

Carmel Reilly

Carmel Reilly is one of Australia's busiest educational writers, with over 300 titles to her name. She has written a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction for ages five to teens, with subjects that encompass topics from democracy, global cultures and the solar system to everyday life, adventurous aliens and silly superheros.Outside of writing for children, she won the 2013 Partners in Crime Short Story Award for her entry Another Life. In 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship, and was shortlisted for a 2018 Varuna Publisher Introduction Program Fellowship. Life Before is Carmel's first novel for adults. She currently lives in Melbourne.

Books by Carmel Reilly

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  1. Sue hall says:

    Like to review

  2. Caroline Hutton says:

    That sounds fascinating – love to get a preview and write a review!

  3. Claire Louisa Holderness says:

    I’d love to review

  4. Katie says:

    Hey guys id love to review this one!

  5. Claire says:

    Would love to review this book please

  6. Madeline Wright says:

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  7. Kim says:

    I’m in desperate need of new good book and this looks AWESOME

  8. Deborah says:

    sounds really interesting

  9. Jodi Corbett says:

    I would love to preview Life Before – it sounds enthralling!

  10. Venessa says:

    I would love to do a preview of this book. I am in desperate need of a new read!!

  11. Karen Schmaltz says:

    Please!!!

  12. Kendall Dieleman says:

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

  13. Chantal says:

    Like to review please

  14. Marina Rankin says:

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  15. Annette McKenna says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  16. Simone Quinn says:

    I’m intrigued by that synopsis! Would love to preview

  17. Terry Maxwell says:

    I’d like to read & review this book please

  18. Jennifer Antulov says:

    What a wonderful opportunity!

  19. Jennifer Antulov says:

    I would love to read the book and write a review!

  20. Jennifer Antulov says:

    It reads like a lot of fun to me!

  21. Looks like a fantastic book to read