A late night. An icy road. A car wrapped around a tree.
When Detective Liz Moorland stares at the lifeless faces of her ex-colleague’s daughter and son-in-law, she knows it is enough to push Vince Carter over the edge.
Vince, a bitter and reclusive retired cop, was once a hero to many. But in his eyes, he has failed those he most loved. Estranged from his daughter before her death, the enormity of his loss is immeasurable.
While Liz’s hands are full chasing an escaped criminal, Vince—alongside his fight for custody of Melanie, his eight-year-old granddaughter and sole survivor of the wreck—pieces together a compelling theory that the crash was no accident.
Vince’s theory provides Liz with an unexpected connection to her case and simultaneously raises concerns over Melanie’s safety and what she saw that fateful night.
Those concerns are justified. One person knows what the little girl saw.
First in a new Australian police procedural series. Paperbacks, ebooks, and audiobooks are available from retailers globally or direct from the author.
or ask your library to order it (ISBN 9780645583656).
Ebook available from Kindle, Apple, Kobo, Nook, Googleplay plus from Phillipa’s shop. Or ask your library to order a copy via Overdrive, Borrow Box etc.
A few words from John Wood…
I was intrigued to be asked to narrate the audio version of the book but delighted when I read it. Apparently Phillipa had been an extra in “Rafferty’s Rules” and liked my voice, which is high praise for any actor. I really liked the book; it’s a great story: the goodies are really good, deserve to win and the baddies are really bad, plain nasty or totally dishonourable and deserve to lose.
When Phillipa said she wanted the narrator to be the voice of Vince Carter, I was thrilled. Vince is the plainclothes version of Tom Croydon and after fifteen years since “Blue Heelers” ended it was wonderful to be back in harness, despite being, like Vince, past my use by date as a copper.
The relationship between his late daughter, his grand-daughter and the wonderful woman next door is simply terrific. I had a ball narrating it.
With special thanks to John Wood for believing in this project and using his incredible talent to bring my characters to life; his agent Cathy from CMC Talent Management for taking my tentative approach seriously; Maryanne from SquareSound Studios for answering a million questions and making the experience so enjoyable; and Yen from SquareSound Studios for delivering an extraordinary audiobook.
🎧Available in Audio🎧
Audible US: https://www.audible.com/pd/Lest-We-Forgive-Audiobook/B0BZQKQT91
Audible AU: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Lest-We-Forgive-Audiobook/B0BZQK2C4L
Audible UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Lest-We-Forgive-Audiobook/B0BZQK7P8S
Early reviews are glowing. Readers are loving the complex and bitter Vince Carter, no-nonsense Liz Moorland, and fragile, loving, eight-year-old Melanie. Read the current reviews on Goodreads.
Editorial Review – Matt Pechey, Reedsy
Having read and enjoyed a previous novel by Phillipa Nefri Clark, I eagerly grabbed for this ARC. Clark spins a great crime thriller with this novel, combining a police manhunt with a family struggling to put the pieces back together. Set in Australia, there is an added flavouring to the story, though the setting is enough of a backdrop that the novel would work in any locale. Impactful until the final pages, Clark proves that she is one to watch in what appears to be the debut of a new series. Continue reading…
Editorial Review – HappyValley BooksRead
Mysterious deaths, an orphaned child and a father desperate for justice and answers in tandem with crooked business dealings, an escaped criminal and an abundance of violence. A criminal suspense that is technically on point and creates the right level of drama to keep the reader glued to the pages. Continue reading…
Thank you to ABC Radio Central Victoria for letting me chat about Lest We Forgive.