The Hidden Hours

Keeping her secret may save her family.

But telling it may save her life.

Arabella Lane, senior executive at a children’s publisher, is found dead in the Thames on a frosty winter’s morning after the office Christmas party. No one is sure whether she jumped or was pushed. The one person who may know the truth is the newest employee at Parker & Lane – the office temp, Eleanor.

Eleanor has travelled to London to escape the repercussions of her traumatic childhood in outback Australia. To her horror, she has no memory of the crucial hours leading up to Arabella’s death – memory that will either incriminate or absolve her.

As Eleanor desperately tries to remember the events of that fateful night, her own extended family is dragged further into the dark, terrifying terrain of blame, suspicion and guilt.

Caught in a crossfire of accusations and lies, Eleanor isn’t sure she can trust anyone – not even herself. As she races to uncover the truth, she realises that someone is intent on stopping her. Someone who, like Eleanor, knows just how deadly the darkest secrets can be.

Available as a print book from all good bookstores in Australia/New Zealand and US/Canada. Available as an ebook and audiobook worldwide. 

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The Hidden Hours

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Aus/NZ edition published by Wavesound)

US edition to be released by Blackstone, late 2020

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‘An enthralling mystery’

Jane Harper, author of The Dry

‘…a suspenseful and well-paced tale… The Hidden Hours shifts effortlessly between the past and the present in a tautly structured novel that explores themes of guilt, despair and loneliness… [It] will appeal to readers of Foster’s previous novels and crime lovers in general, as well as fans of authors of domestic psychological novels such as Liane Moriarty.’

Bookseller & Publisher

A suspenseful and well-paced tale, satisfying the reader’s curiosity in teasing increments. … The Hidden Hours shifts effortlessly between the past and the present in a tautly structured novel that explores themes of guilt, despair and loneliness.’

Books & Publishing, February 2017

‘…effortlessly transports readers to another place without diminishing the sharp-edged suspense. If you like a bit of drama in your reading life, and don’t mind sitting on the edge of your seat, do yourself a favour and check out The Hidden Hours.’

Monique Mulligan, Write Note Reviews