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26 October 2021
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922626103
Paperback,  352 pages
234 x 153 mm
Crime Fiction

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Wild Place

by Christian White

In the summer of 1989, a local teen goes missing from the idyllic Australian suburb of Camp Hill. As rumours of Satanic rituals swirl, schoolteacher Tom Witter becomes convinced he holds the key to the disappearance. When the police won’t listen, he takes matters into his own hands with the help of the missing girl’s father and a local neighbourhood watch group.

But as dark secrets are revealed and consequences to past actions are faced, Tom learns that the only way out of the darkness is to walk deeper into it. Wild Place peels back the layers of suburbia, exposing what’s hidden underneath – guilt, desperation, violence – and attempts to answer the question: why do good people do bad things?

PRAISE for Wild Place

‘To say this is his ‘moment’ is an understatement. With the release of Wild Place, White has hit his stride, taking his place as one of this country’s most accomplished thriller writers.’
Better Reading

‘Christian White must have sold his soul to get this good at writing suburban thrillers with endings you’ll never predict, but frankly, the trade was definitely worth it for us crime fiction readers.’

‘This is a book you won’t be able to put down. You might want to stop for a drink, to take a leak, get some sleep, but then there’s that twist, that next chapter, and you just have to keep reading … he’s owning the thriller genre right now.’
The Australian

‘Filled with breathless menace and, as he’s become renowned for in his previous bestsellers, twists and turns you won’t see coming.’
The Herald Sun

Wild Place is a lean, fast-moving thriller … fans of Mare of Easttown should enjoy the red herrings, dark turns and lived-in ensemble cast of this suburban morality play.’
The Big Issue

‘Having made a positively stunning impact around the world with his co-written Netflix hit Clickbait, Australian author and screenwriter Christian White is back on his home turf.’
Arts Hub

‘Aside from being a fast-paced and engagingly written story, Wild Place’s strength lies with White’s reflections on masculinity and violence.’
The Guardian

Also by Christian White

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White
The Nowhere Child by Christian White

About the Author

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child was his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript.

Clickbait, a television series Christian co-created with Tony Ayres (The Slap), starring Adrian Grenier (Entourage), was released by Netflix in August 2021 and went straight to #1 in 41 countries. Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow, was published by Affirm Press in 2019 and became an instant bestseller.

The setting of his third novel Wild Place is modelled on the area of the Mornington Peninsular where he grew up. Today he lives nearby in Balnarring, Victoria.