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Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern
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Playgroup – Thursday morning; the small outlying Canberra suburb of Merrigang. Five mums; Lexie, Julia, Imogen, Mel, Tara. The wrong biscuits from Lexie – these have nuts – a dash to the shops with Bella left in the care of the mums and their children. Six minutes later, Lexie returned – three-year-old Bella was gone. Four responsible mothers, their children and a locked gate. Where did Bella go? And how did she get out?

Detective Caruso was immediately on the scene, rallying every available police person to the area. Parliament House had many of the force there to control a protest, so Caruso would have to make do. As the search for Bella intensified, the SES, civilian volunteers, Duntroon men and women, plus the police force did the door knocking, checked drains, in backyards, the school ground – there was no sign of Bella.

Lexie and her husband Dr Marty Parker were distraught. With the media descending, news reporters and cameras were at the playgroup and in front of Lexie’s house. And as Caruso and his team dug deeply, information about the past appeared. But did it have anything to do with Bella’s disappearance? And why did the local teacher have a photo of Bella in his house? Where was Bella?

Six Minutes is the debut novel by Aussie author Petronella McGovern and it packs a punch! Set in Canberra, the fast pace and gripping tension takes your breath away. With plenty of twists and turns, Six Minutes is an excellent psychological thriller which I recommend.

With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

July 14, 2019 – Shelved
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-release
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: mystery
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: sent-by-publisher
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: thriller
July 14, 2019 – Shelved as: uncorrected-proof
August 18, 2019 – Started Reading
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: debut
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: own-read
August 19, 2019 – Shelved as: psychological-thriller
August 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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 Li'l Owl I'm happy I'll be able to join in the Aussie Crime group read for this one for August 2019! Found a copy on EBay! Was unavailable anywhere else!


Brenda That was lucky Owl :)


Veronica ⭐️ Great review. I must get to this soon.


Brenda Thanks Veronica - a great read!


Carolyn Great review Brenda! Such a good novel for a debut.


Brenda Yes it certainly was - thanks :)


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Deanna Great review, Brenda!


Brenda Thanks Deanna :)


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