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Daughters of Eve

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by Nina D. Campbell
Publication Date: 29/03/2022
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An unputdownable feminist revenge thriller from a bold new voice in the genre.


When a high-profile murder lands literally at her feet, Detective Emilia Hart sees a chance to expand her caseload beyond the endless succession of domestic violence matters she is forced to investigate. But this is no simple investigation.

Another body turns up, then another. Then more - a lot more. All men, all shot, with a similar MO. It's not until a manifesto taking credit for the crimes is published by a group calling themselves Daughters of Eve that Hart confirms a link between the victims: all of them had been perpetrators themselves. All had offended against women or children. Few had been charged with those crimes - and none convicted.

As panic sets in and chaos rules the streets, the police draw ever closer to the Daughters of Eve, but the serial killer continues to elude them. Again, Hart sees something that everyone else has missed. And what that is, she cannot believe.

A stunning debut that will take you to the edge and dare you to look down.

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'Fast paced, gripping and topical, without ever losing its heart, Daughters of Eve will have you questioning notions of justice and retribution, and just how far you would go to protect the ones you love.'
- Jacqueline Bublitz, author of Before You Knew My Name

'Highly original...I was hooked from start to finish.'
- Sara Foster, author of The Hush

'Strap in for a wild, fast and furious ride. A propulsive, addictive read that tackles big, real issues - add it to your "must read" pile immediately.'
- Sarah Bailey, author of The Housemate

'With twists and turns that will keep you guessing, this is an electrifying, thought-provoking thriller.'
- Petronella McGovern, author of Six Minutes

'Explosive and confronting. Nina D. Campbell is a new talent in crime fiction. One to be watched.'
- Fleur McDonald, author of Deception Creek

Nina D. Campbell

Nina D. Campbell studied theatre and literature at university before stumbling into the world of work in the midst of the recession that we had to have. She cobbled together a respectable career as a professional writer, working across the community and public sectors, before a midlife health challenge changed her priorities.

Nina now writes fiction full-time, with a focus on stories about strong women. Together with her partner and their spirited Jack Russell Terrier, she lives in South Australia, close to world class wine regions, sparkling beaches and other tempting delights.

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Daughters of Eve is the first novel by Australian author, Nina D. Campbell. After she has been dropped from a potentially career-making case, the public shooting of a notorious defence barrister, DS Emilia Hart is sent to deal with a floater. Her intention is to return to the cold cases she can’t dismiss, once she has sorted this one, but there is a surprise link to the barrister’s murder. Her floater may have been a poor, hoarding pensioner but he, too, was shot by a skilled marksman.

It doesn’t end there: more shootings, with the same MO, one in Melbourne. Emilia travels down to liaise with a Victoria Police Homicide detective she met on a conference, to check if this is their sniper. DS Matt Hayes may be distracting, but not so much that Emilia doesn’t note a subtle sign about the victim’s widow.

By the time there have been four shootings in Sydney and two in Melbourne, with no apparent connection between the victims, Emilia’s experience with domestic violence cases suggests a tenuous link. While Emilia and her partner, Robbo investigate the seventh murder, an alleged domestic abuser, CCTV indicates the sniper could be a woman.

It’s then that the Daughters of Eve launch their campaign against “abusers, oppressors, killers and child rapists”. The list on their website seems to claim responsibility for eight executions, and offers an app with which victims can name abusers. A manifesto from a vigilante group that stimulates a massive response, both positive and negative: around the country, more men die, protest rallies devolve into riots, and the army is called in.

Once Emilia connects the victims through their past (and so far, unpunished) misdeeds, the puzzle is to work out how the shooter discovers this: could there be a connection via police, or social workers, or church-run support groups? The shocking answer, it turns out, is much closer to home…

Campbell takes a topic that is very much in the media and adds an easily believable twist. Her protagonist is smart and resourceful, but carries damage from her own childhood trauma, something that can help or hinder her work performance and her personal life.

Campbell surrounds her protagonist with characters that are easy to love or despise, as required, and gives them a wealth of wise words and insightful observations. Emilia remarks on the disproportionate response to the killings: “Fourteen men die and it’s terrorism. More than fifty women and children die every year and what to we call that? Domestic violence, that’s what we call it. And we’re not mobilising the army to stop it!”

Very little suspension of disbelief is required for any aspect of this novel, including the characters and their behaviour, the plot and the setting. Topical, relevant and thought-provoking, this fast-paced thriller is a powerful debut.
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.

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