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31 December 2019
RRP: $16.99
ISBN: 9781925972252
Paperback,  384 pages
198 x 128 mm

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Eight Lives

by Susan Hurley

A brilliant young doctor is dead … and someone has to take the blame.
Former refugee David Tran becomes the Golden Boy of Australian medical research and invents a drug that could transform immunology. Eight volunteers are recruited for the first human trial, a crucial step on the path to global fame for David and windfall gains for his investors. But when David dies in baffling circumstances, motives are put under the microscope.
With its origins in a real-life drug trial that ended in tragedy, Eight Lives is told from the perspectives of David’s friends, family and business associates, who all played a role in his downfall.
A smart, sophisticated thriller that explores power, class and prejudice, Eight Lives will keep you engrossed until the last page.


‘Gripping storytelling’ 
Australian Women’s Weekly

‘The plot unfurls as scientific research does – gradually, the pieces of a puzzle assembling one by one as an observer waits in suspense, building upon itself to an unforeseen and riveting conclusion.’
The Saturday Paper

‘A super-smart mystery … it’s original, witty as well as disturbing, and guaranteed to keep you guessing to the end.’
New Zealand Women’s Weekly

‘A powerful story … Hurley’s story is fiction but will make you think about the power of disease, the drug industry – and money, of course. And the ending has a kick in the tail.’ The Herald Sun

Eight Lives is a clever and captivating thriller. It builds to a fever pitch by its conclusion, and leaves its readers craving more from this promising new talent.’ The Big Issue, 4-star review

‘A powerful and pacy thriller that had me hooked until the very end.’ Christian White

‘Clever, complex, suspenseful—Susan Hurley’s Eight Lives is the science thriller I’ve been hoping for.’ Toni Jordan

‘A cautionary tale of greed and hubris, of inherited violence and the lengths we all go to for family. So many conversations will be started by this breakneck medical thriller. A big debut from a huge literary talent’. J.P. Pomare

‘Fast-moving, smart and powerfully told through a diverse cast of characters, Eight Lives is a sophisticated thriller examining the money, manipulation, power and prejudice that lies at the heart of medicine’s cutting edge. I was hooked and you will be too.’ Ben Hunter, Booktopia Fiction Category Manager

‘Equal parts suspense and mystery, right through to the book’s page-turning conclusion. Readers who like their thrillers with a measure of science will love Eight Lives.’ Books+Publishing 4-star review

‘This simmering blockbuster will keep you guessing, pull the rug out from under you, make you gasp – and it won’t let up until the very end.’ Readings Monthly

‘I really enjoyed Eight Lives! It’s very well written, with compelling characters and a totally engrossing plot.’ Thuy On

‘A terrific, thought provoking read and a blockbuster of a tale, highly recommended for bookclubs particularly of the medical fraternity!’ Jaye Chin-Dusting Mary Martin Bookshop

‘Whip-smart and impeccably paced, with an engrossing, heartbreaking mystery at its core, Eight Lives is a thriller with lots to say about power, class and prejudice. Highly recommended reading.’ Better Reading

About the Author

Susan Hurley Eight Lives Susan Hurley has worked in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry for more than thirty years. Her research has been published in high profile medical journals like the Lancet and her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Australian, The Big Issue, Mascara Literary Review and literary journals, magazines and newspapers. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Peter Carey Short Story Award and Eight Lives, her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2018 UK Caledonia Novel Award. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and labradoodle.