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Locked Ward

Natalie King may be a psychiatrist, but that doesn’t mean she can persuade her baby to go to sleep. Sienna wants to party through the night—and lack of sleep is a major trigger for Natalie’s bipolar disorder.

Sleep school at Southside private psych unit, however, turns out to have its own hazards. It’s bad enough that Natalie doesn’t really want to be there, that she wants to keep her professional status quiet and that she’s seen enough group therapy to be quite sure it’s not her thing. But then someone arrives who Natalie knows very well indeed—and not in a good way.

Luckily she’s out of Southside by the time the murder happens. Unluckily, she knows everyone who’s involved, including the cops. They think they have an open-and-shut case. Natalie’s pretty sure they’ve locked the door on the wrong person.


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Anne Buist
About the Author

Anne Buist is the author of the psychological thrillers Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know, This I Would Kill For and The Long Shadow, and Professor of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She lives with Graeme Simsion, co-author of Two Steps Forward and Two Steps Onward, in Melbourne, Australia.

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‘The strength of this series has always been Natalie’s insightful and sensitive handling of women with peri-natal mental health issues…In Locked Ward Natalie is once again motivated to solve a crime while watching out for the vulnerable women in the frame.’

‘Gripping…very readable…[Locked Ward] has a great take on modern Australia and some of the issues for society and mothers.’

‘In The Long Shadow, Buist continues to impress with her smart brand of psychological thriller. A brooding story about small-town secrets and the lies we tell to protect ourselves.’

‘The strength of this crime novel…lies in its exploration of the workings of the Family Court and its experts…This book should come with a warning: you may never be able to look at your own children’s drawings in the same way again.’

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  • Locked Ward
    ISBN: 9781922791207
    31 January 2023
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