Cry Blue Murder
University of Queensland Press, $19.95 pb, 213 pp, 9780702239267
Kim Kane and Marion Roberts co-write this eerie Melbourne-based thriller seamlessly. In this story that is every parent’s worst nightmare, we see schoolgirls snatched from the middle of their routine, presumed safe, suburban life.
Celia and Alice don’t know the first girl taken or each other, but they connect on Facebook through their shared grief that this could happen to someone they have seen, played sport against, pushed past on the bus. As the two girls share emails, their friendship becomes about more than the tragedy of a missing friend and they begin to unfold their lives for each other, sharing their hopes, dreams, and secrets. But the teenage gossip always has a sinister overtone. A second girl goes missing, even closer this time. Alice or Celia could be next.