Commonwealth Prize nominee Genni Gunn has penned an ingenious psychological novel, placing at its dark centre a flawed but redeemable
heroine, Kate Mason, a thirty-something social anthropologist returning to the emotional crime scene she reluctantly calls home. While
Kate mercilessly unearths the remnants of a life littered with evidence of abandonment, lies and loss, she also unravels the coil
that binds her to Iris, the mother she never knew. Iris' haunting disappearance lurks on the periphery of Kate's strained relations
with Joe, her taciturn father; Rose, her benevolent aunt; Angie, her childhood girlfriend; and Ray, her not-so-estranged ex. Like
the endangered cultures she researches, Kate faces extinction through contact with poisonous knowledge and must weigh the price of
truth or risk annihilation at the hands of those she so desperately wants to trust.