Powerful and Unsettling: Read an Extract from The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson

Powerful and Unsettling: Read an Extract from The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson

They knocked again, louder this time. The lights were on, the fire was crackling and smoking – there was no pretending she wasn’t home. It was like her worst nightmare, someone getting inside, appearing next to her bed, being unable to move or speak.

But she was wide awake.

Move. This time – you have to act. Rachel reached for the poker, forced herself to her feet and across the room, socks silent on the floorboards. She waited by the door, back flat against the wall, poker by her side. Breathe, Ray. In through your nose, and out through your mouth.

They hadn’t come through the gate, up the road. And no one could descend the cliffs behind – well, almost no one. Not without rope and kit. They could only have come from the river – that wooden sound: oars, a boat. In all the years, no one had ever found their way out to her property, turned up. Which was exactly as she wanted it.

They knocked again – and kept knocking. Rachel tried to breathe, to think through the noise. She wiggled her toes, clenched her hand tighter around the poker handle. The doors were locked, the windows locked, the perimeter secure. It had taken some doing, fortifying the old cottage against the world.

Whoever it was would probably go away if she stayed quiet, if she could stay calm. Most of the things she worried about never came to pass.

‘I know you’re in there. Please – help!’ It was a woman’s voice. A young woman…

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    Publisher details

    The Last Woman in the World
    Author
    Inga Simpson
    Publisher
    Hachette
    Genre
    Fiction
    Released
    27 October, 2021
    ISBN
    9780733643491

    Synopsis

    It's night, and the walls of Rachel's home creak as they settle into the cover of darkness. Fear has led her to a reclusive life on the land, her only occasional contact with her sister.

    A hammering on the door. There stands a mother, Hannah, with a sick baby. They are running for their lives from a mysterious death sweeping the Australian countryside.

    Now Rachel must face her worst fears: should she take up the fight to help these strangers survive in a society she has rejected for so long?

    Inga Simpson
    About the author

    Inga Simpson

    Inga Simpson began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writers' Centre Manuscript Development Program and as a result, Hachette published her first novel, the acclaimed Mr Wigg, in 2013.

    Books by Inga Simpson

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