Sarah Thornton cast off the lines to her law career not long after being awarded Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2016. She now lives with her husband aboard a 43-foot sailing catamaran, exploring this most magnificent blue planet and chasing an endless summer.

She took up writing novels as a way to liberate her imagination after twenty years in the structured confines of legal and corporate life. Her debut novel, Lapse, is the first of a series featuring former corporate lawyer Clementine Jones. A board member of the Queensland Writers’ Centre, Thorton is excited to be launching her debut in Brisbane on August 9th, at Avid Reader.

Lapse is a gripping tale of small-town deception and underhanded politics, where neighbourly niceties belie a more sinister truth. Thrilling to the very last page, this debut novel from Australian writer Sarah Thornton heralds an exciting new voice in rural crime fiction. Here is an excerpt below…

“All it took was a lapse…a momentary lapse…to bring Clementine Jones’ world crashing down. Now she’s living like a hermit in small-town Katinga, coaching the local footy club. She’s supposed to be lying low, but here she is, with her team on the cusp of their first premiership in fifty years—and the whole town counting on her, cheering her on. So why the hell would her star player quit on the eve of the finals? It’s a question she wishes she’d left alone. Others are starting to ask questions too—questions about her. Clem’s not the only one with a secret, and as tension builds, the dark violence just below the town’s surface threatens to erupt. Pretty soon there’ll be nowhere left for Clem to hide.”

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