A Terrifying Look at the Near-Future: Read a Sample of The Hush by Sara Foster

A Terrifying Look at the Near-Future: Read a Sample of The Hush by Sara Foster

Friday, 6.30 am
A distant siren merges into the staccato shriek of an alarm clock, and Lainey’s dream slips away. She comes to in her own bed, her body heavy on the sagging mattress, the weight of the blanket pressing her down. Rolling over, she gives the alarm clock a whack, hoping it hasn’t woken her mother. From his basket nearby, Fergus lets out a low grunt. Beside the bed, there’s fluttering and rustling.

She sits up and rubs her eyes. Her room is still dark, full of shadowy cubist shapes. Although the autumn temps have dropped already, she hasn’t turned on her radiator yet, and the morning air is chilly. It’s raining outside, and the rush of water is a million murmuring voices, cajoling, soothing, warning, impatient. Get moving, they say. Get this done.

Lainey hesitates, thinking of her plans this morning. There’s an icy lump in her belly. And she hasn’t accounted for rain.

She tiptoes to the bathroom, alert for any other sound. All is quiet. She sits on the toilet with her head in her hands, staring at the scrappy fabric of her knickers caught at her knees. If she stays here and prays hard enough, something might change. Except she doesn’t believe in miracles.

Finally, she gets up to wash her face and brush her teeth. Her hands shake as she gulps water from the tap and she sighs. If this is going to work, she needs to stay calm. Back in her room, she moves stealthily, gathering what she needs. She gives Fergus a few treats then unclips her watch, attaching it to his front right paw. Fergus looks mournfully at it, then his trusting brown eyes turn towards hers.

‘Sorry, buddy,’ she tells him, stroking the spaniel’s ears and kissing the soft swatch of fur between his eyes. ‘I need you to cover for me. I won’t be long.’ She still feels paranoid doing this, but now the watches are compulsory, day and night, and she can’t risk being tracked for the next hour or so…

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        The Hush
        Sara Foster
        27 October, 2021


        Lainey's friend Ellis is missing. And she's not the only one.In the six months since the first case of a terrifying new epidemic - when a healthy baby wouldn't take a breath at birth - the country has been thrown into turmoil. The government has passed sweeping new laws to monitor all citizens. And several young pregnant women have vanished without trace.As a midwife, Lainey's mum Emma is determined to be there for those who need her. But when seventeen-year-old Lainey finds herself in trouble, this dangerous new world becomes very real. The one person who might help is Emma's estranged mother, but reaching out to her will put them all in jeopardy ...The Hush is a new breed of near-future thriller, an unflinching look at a society close to tipping point and a story for our times, highlighting the power of female friendship through a dynamic group of women determined to triumph against the odds.
        Sara Foster
        About the author

        Sara Foster

        Sara Foster is the critically acclaimed author of three bestselling psychological suspense novels. Come Back to Me was published in Australia in 2010 and reached the Sydney Morning Herald top ten Australian bestsellers list. Her second book, Beneath the Shadows, reached No. 4 on the Australian Sunday Telegraph bestsellers list, and rights were sold in the USA and Germany. Shallow Breath, Sara’s latest release, featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly, was chosen as Book of the Week in the Sydney Morning Herald, and was longlisted for a Davitt Award. Sara lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two young daughters. In addition to her novels, she has written for travel website HolidayGoddess.com, and was one of the contributors to their Handbag Guide on New York, Paris, London, and Rome. She has published independent short fiction alongside Hugh Howey in From the Indie Side, and contributed to the Dear Mum charity anthology published by Random House Australia. She is also very proud to have been one of the original editors of the bestselling Kids’ Night In series, which has been raising money for the charity War Child since 2003.

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