Podcast: Thrills and Chills

Podcast: Thrills and Chills

Who doesn’t love a bit of a thrill in their lives? Over the past year, we’ve noticed how you have just gobbled up any and all crime and thriller fiction, and especially Australian thrillers. And who can blame you? 2017 saw some of the best thrillers yet come out of our country. Looking back over the past year, we’ve picked out three of our favourite chats with Australian thriller and crime authors for you to reminiscence on. The podcasts aren’t that scary, but you might want to read their books with the light on…

Thrills and Chills

Anna Snoekstra

Cheryl Akle talks to Anna Snoekstra. They discuss Anna’s youth, growing up with difficulties hearing, having her thriller Only Daughter picked up by Universal Studios in the US, and her most recent novel, Little Secrets. 

Kylie Ladd

Cheryl Akle is joined by author and neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd for a conversation about writing, dementia, and the origins of her recent book, The Way Back.

Michael Robotham

Cheryl Akle and Michael Robotham talk about ghostwriting, crime fiction and Michael’s new book, The Secrets She Keeps.

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                      Publisher details

                      Little Secrets
                      Author
                      Anna Snoekstra
                      Publisher
                      Harlequin
                      Genre
                      Thriller
                      Released
                      23 October, 2017
                      ISBN
                      9781489242266

                      Synopsis

                      A town reeling in the wake of tragedy…An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside.An aspiring journalist desperate for a story…The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn’t enough to even cover rent. Rose needs a story - a big one.A bizarre mystery…In the weeks after the courthouse fire, porcelain replicas of Colmstock’s daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town’s already fractured police force.Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose’s attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbour turns on neighbour and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed.Anna Snoekstra's debut novel Only Daughter is shortlisted for Best First Fiction for the Australian Crime Writers’ Association Ned Kelly Awards.About the AuthorAnna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at Melbourne University, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. Anna's short films and music videos have screened around the world. She has written an array of published and award winning short fiction. Her debut novel Only Daughter was published in September 2016 (Mira). Her second novel Little Secrets will be published November 2017 (Mira).

                      Publisher details

                      The Way Back
                      Author
                      Kylie Ladd
                      Publisher
                      Allen & Unwin
                      Genres
                      Australian Fiction, Thriller
                      Released
                      26 July, 2017
                      ISBN
                      9781760297138

                      Synopsis

                      Charlie Johnson is 13 and in her first year of high school. She loves her family, netball and Liam, the cute guy who sits next to her in Science-but most of all she loves horses and horse-riding. Charlie's parents have leased her a horse, Tic Tac, from the local pony club, but one day they go out for a ride in the national park and only Tic Tac returns...Four months later, long after the police and the SES have called off the search, Charlie is found wandering injured and filthy miles from where she was last seen. Her family rejoice in her return, but can anyone truly recover from what Charlie's been through? When a life has been shattered, how do you put the pieces back together?A moving, haunting and all-too-real-novel that takes you beyond the headlines and explores a family's worst nightmare with compassion and insight.About the AuthorKylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has published four novels: After the Fall, Last Summer, which was highly commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading's '50 books you can't put down' for 2013, and Mothers and Daughters. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.
                      Anna Snoekstra
                      About the author

                      Anna Snoekstra

                      Anna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. She currently lives in Melbourne with her husband and tabby cat.

                      Books by Anna Snoekstra

                      Kylie Ladd
                      About the author

                      Kylie Ladd

                      Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Age, Griffith Review and O magazine, among others, and she is a regular contributor to the popular MamaMia website. Kylie's first novel, After the Fall, was published in Australia, the US and Turkey. Her other novels are Last Summerwhich was highly commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading’s ‘50 books you can’t put down’ for 2013, and her latest, Mothers and Daughters. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

                      Books by Kylie Ladd

                      Michael Robotham
                      About the author

                      Michael Robotham

                      Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain, and with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of nine novels featuring beloved Joe O'Loughlin. Good Girl, Bad Girl and When She Was Good are the first two books in a new series featuring forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven. Michael is the only Australian to win the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award twice - for Good Girl, Bad Girl and Life or Death. Good Girl, Bad Girl was also shortlisted for the 2020 Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2020, The Secrets She Keeps was adapted for television. He lives in Sydney.

                      Books by Michael Robotham

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