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The Accusation

Narrated by: Casey Withoos
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Somebody is lying. 

After 18-year-old Ellie Canning is found shivering and barely conscious on a country road, her bizarre story of kidnap and escape enthralls the nation. Who would do such a thing? And why?

Local drama teacher Suzannah Wells, once a minor celebrity, is new to town. Suddenly, she's in the spotlight again, accused of being the monster who drugged and bound a teenager in her basement. As stories about her past emerge, even those closest to her begin to doubt her innocence.

And Ellie? The media can't get enough of her. She's a girl-power icon, a social-media star. But is she telling the truth?

A powerful exploration of the fragility of trust and the loss of innocence, from the author of The Golden Child and The Mistake.


"The novel is cleverly constructed, the characters are extremely well-drawn, the use of social media as a plot device is very sophisticated, and the resolution is a genuine surprise." (Judges' report, Ned Kelly Crime Awards, 2017)

"This is domestic noir at its most intelligent and sharp." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"It takes 48 hours to pulse through Wendy James' rollercoaster 21st century story about parenting." (Australian Women's Weekly)

"An engaging and intimate read that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult, with nods to Lionel Shriver and Christos Tsiolkas." (The Slap

"4 Stars." (Books & Publishing)

"This book is utterly brilliant." (Nicola Moriarty) 

©2019 Wendy James (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Flick
  • 06-09-19

loved it.

fantastic book, could not turn it off. definitely worth a listen or read (great narrator as well)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

Woohoo congratulations

Where do you start, at the beginning.
From start to finish...I listened to it driving and to my sitting position house ,
Sat on the speed limit even slowed down.
Each character from Mary to the others in this storyline are very different.
how easy it is for accusations to be.