in the small Australian town, everyone knows everyone, but the truth is hard to find
- Harper Collins
- Publish Date
- October 2017
What happens when ambition trumps the truth? A town reeling in the wake of tragedy… An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town’s courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside. An aspiring journalist desperate for a story… The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn’t enough to even cover rent. Rose needs a story - a big one. A bizarre mystery… In the weeks after the courthouse fire, porcelain replicas of Colmstock’s daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town’s already fractured police force. Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose’s attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbour turns on neighbour and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed. Anna Snoekstra's debut novel Only Daughter is shortlisted for Best First Fiction for the Australian Crime Writers’ Association Ned Kelly Awards.