WINNER: IPPY SILVER MEDAL, VARUNA FELLOWSHIP
When the wilderness is not your only enemy, who do you trust?
Television reporter Callie Brown likes big cities and good coffee. But, running from a broken heart, she agrees to join old friends at the strangest of reunions: a trek into New Zealand’s most savage and remote mountains. What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.
"Taut suspense and lush descriptions." Literary Inklings
"Satisfyingly insightful." Margaret Newman
"By turns shocking, satisfying, tragic, and poignant, but ultimately life-affirming." Debbie Young's Reading Life
"So far this is my favourite fiction read of the year." Clare O'Beara, Amazon UK Top 500 Reviewer
Eight people were in the room when a fledgling actress died. Ten years later they are together again, invited to trek into the wild heart of Fiordland, New Zealand. Most are not athletes, so why have they agreed to come? They expect to test an alternative to the famed Milford Track. By the time they understand the expedition's true purpose, old secrets are baring their claws, and it is too late to turn back.
Belinda Pollard is an award-winning former journalist who loves mountain hiking despite bad knees and a fear of heights. She has been a professional writer/editor for decades, and a contributor to the Closer to God series since 1999. The words “Poison Bay” on a map triggered her journey to the sinister end of the bookshelf. Spooky and remote, it was a location just begging for a mystery. Poison Bay, her first novel, won a Varuna Fellowship and an IPPY Silver Medal. Belinda lives in Brisbane, Australia where she undertakes ball-throwing duties for a dog named Rufus, and turns on the air-conditioning so she can dream of snow...