Exiles :The heart-pounding new Aaron Falk thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature - Aaron Falk

4.18 (12,292 Ratings by Goodreads)

Exiles :The heart-pounding new Aaron Falk thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author of The Dry and Force of Nature - Aaron Falk

4.18 (12,292 Ratings by Goodreads)
Published: 2 February, 2023
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'Addictive storytelling' - Ann Cleeves
'An avalanche of suspense' - David Baldacci

Critically acclaimed international bestseller Jane Harper returns.

A mother disappears from a busy festival on a warm spring night.

Her baby lies alone in the pram, her mother's possessions surrounding her, waiting for a return which never comes.

A year later, Kim Gillespie's absence still casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather to welcome a new addition to the family.

Joining the celebrations on a rare break from work is federal investigator Aaron Falk, who begins to suspect that all is not as it seems.

As he looks into Kim's case, long-held secrets and resentments begin to come to the fore, secrets that show that her community is not as close as it appears.

Falk will have to tread carefully if he is to expose the dark fractures at its heart, but sometimes it takes an outsider to get to the truth . . .

An outstanding novel, a brilliant mystery and a heart-pounding read from the author of The Dry, Force of Nature, The Lost Man and The Survivors.

Praise for Jane Harper:


'I loved Exiles. Jane is a hugely gifted writer' - Marian Keyes
'Incontrovertibly the reigning queen of Aussie Crime' - Financial Times
'Exceptional' - Jane Casey
'Harper skillfully ratchets up the tension in this powerful, slow-burning portrait of small-town life... high quality, atmospheric crime fiction' - Mail on Sunday
'Outstanding' - C. L. Taylor

The Dry
'Spellbinding' - Ian Rankin
'A sense of place so vivid that you can almost feel the blistering heat' - Guardian
'A stunningly atmospheric read' - Val McDermid

Force of Nature
'This gripping thriller will have readers hooked' - Sunday Telegraph
'Brilliantly paced, it wrong-foots the reader like a rocky trail through the bush. I adored it' - Susie Steiner
'Thoughtful, moving, troubling' - Irish Times

The Lost Man
'I devoured it in a day. Her best yet!' - Liane Moriarty
'Harper secures her place as queen of outback noir' - Sunday Times
'It totally transcends genre, and it should win all the prizes' - Marian Keyes

The Survivors
'A gripping mystery. . . her best book yet' - Evening Standard
'Phenomenal' - Chris Whitaker
'A compelling, terrifying thriller' - Observer

Once again Harper proves that she is peerless in creating an avalanche of suspense with intimate, character-driven set pieces that are as exquisitely engineered as the inner workings of a Steinway. Harper's legions of fans will exult in reading Exiles -- David Baldacci, bestselling author of Mercy
While so much egregiously repetitive, flatly written fare holds sway in the crime fiction idiom, it's a cause for celebration when genuinely accomplished writers energise things. A prime example? Antipodean star Jane Harper... she remains incontrovertibly the reigning queen of Aussie crime fiction. * Financial Times *
I loved Exiles, Jane is a hugely gifted writer and her depiction of the relationships in it is masterful -- Marian Keyes, bestselling author of Rachel's Holiday
Harper skillfully ratchets up the tension in this powerful, slow-burning portrait of small-town life. . . high quality, atmospheric crime fiction * The Mail on Sunday *
Exiles is the kind of crime novel you move into rather than just reading it - a wholly absorbing set of mysteries, a cast of characters that feels entirely real and a setting so vivid you can practically smell the breeze through the bushland. Aaron Falk is the still centre of the novel, a quiet presence like no other in crime fiction. Exceptional in every way. -- Jane Casey, Author of The Burning
A truly wonderful read. Rich in detail, landscape and character and deeply satisfying on all levels. -- Sarah Hilary, Author of Someone Else's Skin
Exiles is an outstanding crime novel, rich in mystery and atmosphere and full of heart. Utterly immersive, captivating and beautifully written; I lost myself completely within its pages and was bereft when it ended. Jane Harper is a rare jewel of an author and Exiles deserves to be huge. It blew me away. It's my book of the year so far. -- C. L. Taylor author of The Guilty Couple
'Jane Harper has once again produced an ingenious, moving and hugely satisfying mystery. This is crime writing perfection' -- C. M. Ewan, author of The Interview
'This is a softer, gentler Harper, but with the same fine writing and addictive storytelling' -- Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Vera Stanhope series
Falk's investigation is a terrific one, but what makes the book memorable is Harper's skill at plumbing personal mysteries - for instance, why a friendship has ebbed, or how not knowing the fate of a loved one affects a family. * New York Times *
Atmospheric, beautifully observed and fluently written, this is Harper back at her very best * Daily Mail *
Jane Harper is laying the foundations of a very clever plot that is built on character rather than carnage. . . Only a writer sure of her considerable abilities would dare to proceed so leisurely, embedding clues and red herrings, so that the final hundred pages are thrilling and devastating. -- The Times Book of the Month
A murky, unsolved crime in the past; an Australian setting so dramatic it's almost a character in itself; a tall, thin Melbourne federal agent with close-cropped, white-blond hair and invisible eyelashes: These are the hallmarks of Jane Harper's Aaron Falk mysteries * Washington Post *
I have loved every thriller Australian author Jane Harper has written, and Exiles is no exception. . . As ever with Harper, the facts begin to lock together with supremely satisfying effect, as Falk gets closer to the truth of what happened to Kim. The Lost Man, set in the vast, scorched outback of Queensland, remains my favourite of her thrillers, but Exiles is now a close second. -- Alison Flood, The Observer
The possibility of Falk finding love is a tender counterpoint to the murder mystery in this worthy conclusion to one of the most outstanding of recent crime series * Daily Express *
If you're a fan of Jane's The Dry and The Lost Man, you won't be surprised to hear this is another must-read, one that you'll reluctantly leave to do life things like eating and tidying * Belfast Telegraph *
The only disappointment in this outing for Aaron Falk is that Harper is adament it is to be his last. A powerful and affecting novel -- SJ Watson
The tight-knit group has rifts so deep nobody might have imagined * SimpleNews *
Atmospheric, beautifully observed and fluently written, this is Harper back at her very best * Mail Online *
Exiles is perhaps her best mystery yet -- Penny McCormick, The Gloss

Jane Harper is the author of four internationally bestselling Australian mysteries, including The Dry. Her books are published in 40 territories and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Jane has won numerous top awards including the CWA Gold Dagger, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year and the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year. The 2021 movie adaptation of The Dry, starring Eric Bana, is one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time.

Jane worked as a print journalist for 13 years in both Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter and son.

Type Book
ISBN 9781529098440
Number Of Pages 432
Item Weight 660 g
Product Dimensions 163 x 241 x 42 mm
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback