March 1st 2012
272 pages

The Danger Game (paperback) by Kalinda Ashton

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‘The danger game is not a winning game’

Alice and Louise are sisters united by a distant tragedy – the house fire their brother died in and the disappearance of their mother immediately afterwards.

Fourteen years later, that day still affects everything they do. Alice teaches dirt-poor students in a school the government wants to close – when she’s not pursuing a relationship with a married man. Louise, a fantacist and recovering heroin addict, has never stopped playing the game of dares – the danger game – she invented as a child. As Alice fights to save her school and Louise struggles with her self-destructive urges, the sisters come together in Melbourne to unravel the truth about their brother’s death and follow the dangerous trail of their missing mother.

Vivid, page-turning and passionate – the characters leap off the page

Catherine O’Flynn

Masterful, poignant, powerful and true. Ashton’s is a remarkable voice and this is a wonderful novel

Christos Tsiolkas

Ashton’s vivid, page-turning prose, married to passionate hopefulness, gives this debut a redemptive glow

Marie Claire

Her characters are sharply drawn and vividly alive; her depiction of domestic poverty and urban blight, clear-sighted . . . It left me uplifted

Daily Mail

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