The Scarlet Cross

Lyn McFarlane

Meredith Griffin manages the emergency department at St Jude Hospital. A specialist in psychiatric nursing, she’s also an expert at hiding her own problems – and solving everyone else’s.
When women with the same fatal injury begin turning up in Meredith’s emergency ward, their deaths are labelled as suicides. But Meredith isn’t so sure. With the help of Detective Leo Donnelly, she begins an investigation to prove that the women were murdered.
As pressure mounts from all quarters to stop her, questions arise about why the women were targeted – and why the hospital is so desperate to cover things up.
In a battle against addiction, self-doubt and a corrupt institution that may be hiding a serial killer, Meredith finds herself in the crosshairs of a network of powerful people – all of whom will stop at nothing to protect their privilege and keep her from the truth.
An atmospheric and intelligent crime thriller set in a hospital where nothing is as it seems.

A murky mess of institutional power is exposed when Nurse Griffin in St Jude’s hospital ER suspects a supposed suicide is not what it seems.

- Australian Women's Weekly

A tightly-woven plot, complex and intriguing characters and suspense that builds to fever pitch before delivering one last sucker punch. An original and compelling journey into self harm, mental illness, the role of carers and how power corrupts. Even those who swore to do no harm can become monsters.

- Loraine Peck, author of The Second Son

Steeped in suspense, The Scarlet Cross is a cracking, gothic-tinged crime novel that explores the connection between those who wield the power, and the vulnerable who feel their wrath. Embracing themes of trust, mental health, authority, control, and the bond of family, this is a novel you won’t forget in a hurry.

- D.L.Hicks, author of

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Lyn McFarlane

Lyn McFarlane is a Canadian-Australian writer who splits her time between Sydney, and Vancouver Island. She’s a former freelance journalist and holds degrees in economics, journalism and law.

Lyn is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Crime Writers of Canada, a graduate of The Faber Academy and a mentee with the Australian Writers’ Mentorship Program. Her debut novel The Scarlet Cross won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award for best unpublished manuscript.

Pantera Press

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.

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