After the Smoke Clears
A FAMILY. A SMALL TOWN. A LIFETIME OF SECRETS.
Would you tell your partner the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Her family offered a life of power and privilege, until Lotti turned away from her father’s grand plans – and towards a life that felt more like her own. With a new start as a teacher, Lotti may have even found the right man, a rough-around-the-edges single dad who’d never fit in with her high-brow upbringing, but who has started to feel like home.
But Lotti isn’t the only one running. August’s strong silent demeanour may be part of his appeal, but as they get closer, his inability to talk about his past begins to jeopardise their future.
After August receives a cryptic message prompting him to leave in the dead of night, Lotti takes Augie’s six-year-old son Otto on a road trip to his father’s dusty hometown where decades of lies begin to unravel. When details of a shocking crime emerge, Lotti is forced to decide if she trusts the man August has become more than she fears the man he once was.
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Kylie Kaden knew writing was in her blood from a young age when she snuck onto her brother’s Commodore 64 to invent stories.
With a surfer-lawyer for a husband and three spirited sons, she stays sane by making things up for a living. Kylie can typically be found venting the day’s thoughts on her laptop (sometimes in the laundry so she can’t be found). She is also a columnist at My Child Magazine, but is the first to admit that despite having an honours degree in psychology, the wheels fall off at her place on a daily basis.
Kylie has published three novels, her debut, Losing Kate (2014) critically acclaimed, Missing You (2015) and The Day the Lies Began (2019) which marked Kylie’s launch into the domestic noir-thriller market.
Pantera Press is a young and enthusiastic publisher of titles that spark imagination, conversation and change. We publish fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and a growing list of children’s titles.