Jane is a contact tracer. She has to call a lot of people and some of them don’t want to talk, for various reasons – immigration issues, infidelity, domestic violence.
Jane knows all about domestic violence. She and her daughter, Tara, have spent years in hiding from Tara’s manipulative and terrifying ex. Now, as Jane talks to a close contact, she realises the woman on the phone is scared of the man – and he’s close. Too close.
Suddenly the past comes slamming back into the present as Jane realises she and Tara can’t keep running forever.
One day, they’re going to be found.
‘In this reviewer’s opinion – and I’m not alone – ‘Traced’ … should be in line for an award in the psychological thriller genre. It’s alarming and compelling in equal measure.’
Law Society Journal
‘The build-up of suspense kept me reading to finish the book in a couple of sittings … People who enjoy Jane Harper may like to add Jinks’s repertoire of psychological thrillers to their reading list.’
‘Traced is a fascinating combination of tension, anxiety, fear, education and illumination … Beautifully paced, with a central character that leans out from the page … Traced is a novel that shows the reader what it feels like to be afraid, and what protecting the ones you love the most in the world will drive you to do.’
‘[Jinks] … crafts a taut, tense thriller of a narrative, expertly cranking up the suspense notch by notch. I admit I was so immersed in the tension that when a sudden noise came from the apartment above while I was reading, I jumped straight off the sofa.’
The Saturday Paper
‘The fear is palpable and crawls off the page … This is a book that needs to be read with the lights on, and one that you will be unwilling to put down.’
The Canberra Times
‘A really compelling read … fast paced … action packed … with lots to think about.’
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