A Compulsive Page-Turner: Read an Extract from The Cuckoo’s Cry by Caroline Overington

A Compulsive Page-Turner: Read an Extract from The Cuckoo’s Cry by Caroline Overington

Don Barlow was home alone, watching the evening news, when he heard a knock on the door. Glancing at the copper clock on the wall, he saw that it was getting close to 8 pm, which wasn’t late in the normal scheme of things, but Don wasn’t expecting anyone, and 8 pm was still late for unexpected visitors.

Maybe not when you’re young. But as much as Don didn’t want to admit it, he was no longer young, which shouldn’t be taken to mean that Don thought of himself as elderly either, because who ever does? Maybe when you’re in your nineties you’ll say it proudly, but Don was only a few weeks shy of seventy. In any case, he rose from his armchair and made his way down the flattened carpet of his big old house by the beach in Bondi, thinking it would probably be Malcolm’s wife from next door, maybe with a dual pack of toilet paper under her arm, or else a pump bottle of sanitiser to give him.

But no, when Don looked through the peephole, he saw a much younger woman, more like a girl, and one he didn’t recognise, at least not immediately. She wasn’t facing the door, the way people normally do when they’re waiting for someone to open up; she was standing side on, looking back over her shoulder as if to make sure nobody was watching her. She wasn’t wearing a face mask or gloves. She was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, and a pair of skinny jeans…

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      Publisher details

      The Cuckoo's Cry
      Author
      Caroline Overington
      Publisher
      HarperCollins
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      29 September, 2021
      ISBN
      9781460760499

      Synopsis

      On the eve of the global lockdown, Don Barlow opens the door of his old beachside cottage to find a pretty girl with pink-tipped hair, claiming to be his granddaughter. She needs help and has nowhere else to go.He welcomes her in, and so begins a mystery set in unprecedented times: with the virus raging outside their home, the girl cannot be asked to leave, but what does he risk by having her stay?As Don and the girl start to forge a bond, Don's adult daughter has her own suspicions about what the newcomer is after. But, unable to travel, how can she protect Don and discover if the girl really is who she claims to be?
      Caroline Overington
      About the author

      Caroline Overington

      Caroline Overington is a bestselling Australian author and an award-winning journalist. She has previously written for the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Australian Women’s Weekly, and has twice won Australia’s prestigious journalism award, The Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism. She has written eleven books, including Last Woman Hanged, which won the Davitt Award for True Crime Writing in 2015 and I Came To Say Goodbye, shortlisted for both Book of the Year, and Fiction Book of the Year, at the 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards.  She has profiled some of the world’s most famous women including Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, and lives in Sydney with her family, a blue dog and a lizard.

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