Author(s): Cath Ferla
Crime Fiction | No Category
Winter in Sydney and the city is brimming with foreign students. International students from China, Japan and Korea flood the streets from Sussex south to Haymarket, spilling out from the many private language schools in pursuit of the ultimate goal - learning English. But when one of them, a young Chinese woman known as Wendy, leaps to her death from the tenth floor window of her language school it becomes clear that lurking within the psyche of this particular community is a deep sense of despair and alienation. Things take a turn for the mysterious when it is revealed that the dead woman on the pavement was not Wendy at all, but an impostor who had stolen another student's identity. The question is why and what has happened to the real Wendy Chan? Sophie Sandilands knows a thing or two about alienation. She spent five years living the outsider life in China, the place she ran to following her father's death and upon learning some home truths about his past. She returned alone to Australia and set up a new home in Sydney, determined to lock the bad memories away and start afresh. But Sophie is Wendy's teacher and her student's unexpected death, along with the revelation that she had been hiding a dark secret, brings the past into the present for Sophie. Will Sophie solve the mystery, bring down the criminal gang and find the missing students? Or will the gang catch up with her first so that she too becomes one of the disappeared?