In The Clearing
A stunning new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie.Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head. Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town. As Amy and Freya's story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town's dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

In The Clearing Details

TitleIn The Clearing
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 31st, 2019
PublisherHachette Australia
ISBN-139781869713393
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

In The Clearing Review

  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Did you love Call me Evie? Yes... then you are going to LOVE In the Clearing! In my opinion In the Clearing is better than Call Me Evie! It is that good! This was a book that I was desperate to get my hands on, so a huge thank you to Hachette Books Australia for sending an advanced copy my way. I could not wait to get started on it and then I was completely hooked, and needed to see how it was going to end. I was gobsmacked when it was revealed. Absolutely brilliant. When I finished this book I Did you love Call me Evie? Yes... then you are going to LOVE In the Clearing! In my opinion In the Clearing is better than Call Me Evie! It is that good! This was a book that I was desperate to get my hands on, so a huge thank you to Hachette Books Australia for sending an advanced copy my way. I could not wait to get started on it and then I was completely hooked, and needed to see how it was going to end. I was gobsmacked when it was revealed. Absolutely brilliant. When I finished this book I was thinking about it for days, it just got into my head and I kept throwing things around.I really don't know what I can say about this book without spoiling the story. The blurb really does say enough to get you excited. We hear the story from the points of view 2 women - Freya - who is super security conscious and paranoid after what happened with her ex and her sonAmy - who lives in the Clearing and knows no life other than this. The first chapter will have you hooked and you will not want to put it down. You will become immersed in both of their lives and want to know what is going to happen next. and you will also think that you know what is going to happen next and you will be wrong!Released in Australia on December 31st, 2019 - start 2020 off with a bang and a great book.
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  • Joanna
    January 1, 1970
    You may think that ‘Call Me Evie’ would be hard to outdo but J.P. Pomare has risen to the challenge with his new book. It only took me 90 minutes to get through - a true page turner! It was completely enthralling, creepy and had many twists that I genuinely didn’t see coming!
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  • Julie Garner
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book.I thought that Call Me Evie was a standout for a debut author. In The Clearing steps it up further and sucks you right in, straight away. I don't know how he has done it, but J.P. Pomare's second book is outstanding.From the very first page you get a sense of what the book is about...The Family. It feels like a fictionalised book about this Victorian cult. It takes you prisoner, along with the kids, and keeps a hold of you, tight. Adrienne wants her family of 12 I received an ARC of this book.I thought that Call Me Evie was a standout for a debut author. In The Clearing steps it up further and sucks you right in, straight away. I don't know how he has done it, but J.P. Pomare's second book is outstanding.From the very first page you get a sense of what the book is about...The Family. It feels like a fictionalised book about this Victorian cult. It takes you prisoner, along with the kids, and keeps a hold of you, tight. Adrienne wants her family of 12 and she will get it by any means necessary. Adam wants to keep the kids under control and brainwashed, by any means necessary. Amy, she just wants to be a kid and protect her mother. Everything she does is for Mother...including protection when she escapes.Freya exists in a world of security and privacy. Her whole life revolves around keeping her son safe. When strangers start to appear on her property, Freya worries for Ben. She has a right too when things start to go very wrong in her community, very quickly.Freya's story and Amy's story are told concurrently. One is trying to live a 'normal' life, the other trying to escape a dangerous one. This book is well written with many twists and turns along the way. If you are reading it in bed, go early as once you start reading, you really will not want to put it down until you get to the climax of the ending. Watch out for some real 'slap you in face to wake up' moments. It is like the author is toying with you and your emotions and throws in a well placed twist to just make sure you are paying attention. Please pay attention! This book is that good that you don't want to miss a second of it.Fantastic for people who love to read about cults. Great for new J.P. fans. Also, excellent for anyone who loves a psychological thriller with an Australian backdrop.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved this. First half is tense, second half is twisty. I like it a lot more than his first novel.
  • Book Bandit
    January 1, 1970
    Full Disclaimer: I'm a huge fan of Call Me Evie and after reading the synopsis of this was worried I wouldn't like it but OH MY GOD the twists, the pace, the story! I loved it.I've read a few books lately that are too hard to review without giving anything away so I'll tread lightly. Freya lives in the bush with her needy son. She is super conscious about security and privacy because she has a pyscho ex and lost her first son years ago. Amy on the other hand is a youngish girl who has a weird Full Disclaimer: I'm a huge fan of Call Me Evie and after reading the synopsis of this was worried I wouldn't like it but OH MY GOD the twists, the pace, the story! I loved it.I've read a few books lately that are too hard to review without giving anything away so I'll tread lightly. Freya lives in the bush with her needy son. She is super conscious about security and privacy because she has a pyscho ex and lost her first son years ago. Amy on the other hand is a youngish girl who has a weird family that also lives in the bush but don't have any real interaction with society outside of 'The Clearing'. Amy has a new 'sister' that turns up and manages to convince Amy that the world outside of the cult is not so bad and this kicks off a series of events that leads Amy and Freya to each other and that is where the story really begins.It's not a long book but it's a real page turner with a terrifying premise.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Eerie, chilling and suspenseful. This one kept me turning the pages until I found out how it would end. Amy has only ever know what life is like in the Clearing. As we come to know, the Clearing, is a community of people living together, who must obey their elders. Freya is living a very security conscious life with her son, bordering on paranoia. Then a young person goes missing from nearby and someone from Freya’s past shows up that changes her world. Pomare weaves the stories of Amy and Freya Eerie, chilling and suspenseful. This one kept me turning the pages until I found out how it would end. Amy has only ever know what life is like in the Clearing. As we come to know, the Clearing, is a community of people living together, who must obey their elders. Freya is living a very security conscious life with her son, bordering on paranoia. Then a young person goes missing from nearby and someone from Freya’s past shows up that changes her world. Pomare weaves the stories of Amy and Freya together through the story, to make for a captivating tale. This is one that will leave you thinking about it for some time and I can see it being a very popular read in 2020. Definitely recommend.
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  • bookswithpaulette
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one, so much better than Call me Evie by far. Review to come
  • Eleanor Whitwell
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was one hell of a ride. :o
  • Paige Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved it! I was so invested in the lives of Amy and Freya and the setting was so realistic that I felt like I was there with them. Another scarily believable thriller.
  • Theresa Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t read an awful lot of thrillers as I tend to quickly begin to suffer from ‘thriller fatigue’. As a consequence, I’m fairly selective on which thrillers I read and the timing of them. All of the stars seem to have aligned with this one though. In the Clearing turned out to be a book I couldn’t put down.‘You never escape a cult.’Often after having read a thriller, the most common thing you’ll hear is: ‘That twist!’ I can’t say that with this one though, because In the Clearing has as many I don’t read an awful lot of thrillers as I tend to quickly begin to suffer from ‘thriller fatigue’. As a consequence, I’m fairly selective on which thrillers I read and the timing of them. All of the stars seem to have aligned with this one though. In the Clearing turned out to be a book I couldn’t put down.‘You never escape a cult.’Often after having read a thriller, the most common thing you’ll hear is: ‘That twist!’ I can’t say that with this one though, because In the Clearing has as many twists as a wizened old oak tree. It’s imaginatively clever, laying down pavers to walk you in one direction only to explosively change direction – again and again.‘The past, I realised, was a parasite. It could lie dormant inside for years and eventually flare up and kill you.’Thematically, In the Clearing offers readers much to think on. It raises those age old questions about nature versus nurture, but it does so within a fairly horrific framework, so be forewarned: there is both implied and depicted child abuse within this story. What alarmed me the most was the absolute conditioning that takes place within a cult, specifically though, the lasting effect of this long after the cult has collapsed. It made me wonder at the susceptibility of some people over others and if once you’ve been conditioned from such a young age, does this mean you can no longer be ‘re-programmed’? I must admit, I find the power of cults over their members rather terrifying, so this is one thriller that literally grabbed me around the throat and held on until the very end.‘I’ve been played by someone who knows my habits, can predict my every move. Someone who can ensure that all the evidence points to my guilt.’In terms of plot and predictability, the plot was brilliantly executed and I predicted nothing! Character development was likewise executed with precision. Freya kept me guessing, as did Amy, and there were enough shades of grey within everyone to ensure that I had no idea who was good, who was bad, and who was otherwise. So, all in all, this was good value reading for me! I do think that this novel will appeal widely. It’s clever, gripping, thought provoking, and realistic enough to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Highly recommended.Thanks is extended to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of In the Clearing for review.
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