Swimming in the Dark
Carole says... This is a wonderful New Zealand novel. It has the fast pace of a crime novel but becomes layered & complex to explore crucial issues such as fear of authority. Strong women characters make it very feminist & the central Otago landscape is beautifully captured.
Serena Freeman is a 15-year-old girl with her life ahead of her. From a dysfunctional family on the wrong side of the law, she is determined to break the mould, escape the prejudices of her community and attend university. That's until the law comes looking for her. Overcome by a force she can't fight against, she enters a world of fear and betrayal...
"If you enjoy stories about strong women and how they surmount their personal obstacles, Swimming in the Dark will be right up your alley." --Crime Segments " ...[an] absorbing psychological thriller..." -Publishers Weekly " ...[an] absorbing psychological thriller..." "Publishers Weekly""
Internationally published author Paddy Richardson is the author of five novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red and Cross Fingers, as well as two collections of short stories.