Hachette Aotearoa New Zealand
WINNER OF THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD BEST FIRST NOVEL 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA MATT RICHELL AWARD 2020
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD BEST NOVEL 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD BEST FIRST FICTION 2019
LONGLISTED FOR THE ABIA GENERAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020
'Almost nothing will turn out as it initially appears in this devastating novel of psychological suspense.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review
DON'T TRUST HIM. IT WASN'T ME. IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN ME.
Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne.
In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here.
Jim says he's keeping her safe. Evie's not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?
An incredible literary thriller for readers of bestsellers such as GONE GIRL, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP and GIRL ON THE TRAIN from an exciting new Australian voice.
Praise for CALL ME EVIE:
'a one-sitting kind of book, ideal for readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers that keep them guessing' - Books+Publishing
'the kind of novel that inserts itself into your mind and lingers for a long while' - Kill Your Darlings 'Literary suspense as dark and fresh as midnight in winter, with a merciless twist-of-the-knife finale. One of the most striking debuts I've read in years and years.' - AJ Finn, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
'Read this one with the lights on, and keep Pomare on your radar.' - Kirkus Reviews
'Pick this one up when you have plenty of time as you're unlikely to put it down after a few pages.' - Daily Telegraph 'a tight, compulsive, beautifully written thriller with echoes of Gillian Flynn, with characters that keep you guessing and a plot that keeps you turning the page' - Christian White, author of THE NOWHERE CHILD
I felt pure dread reading this book. Enjoyable, exquisite dread. A great read. There are so many layers and twists to this story and they are revealed in the most frustrating, masterful way. - Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake
Call Me Evie is razor sharp, claustrophobic and unputdownable. No character is above suspicion in this dry-mouthed, wide-eyed rollercoaster chase to the final page. This is the finest of literary thrillers from a remarkable new talent. - Susi Fox, bestselling author of Mine
A superbly claustrophobic mind-f**k - I absolutely had to know who 'Evie' was and what had happened! - Angela Meyer, author of A Superior Spectre
Call Me Evie is a one-sitting kind of book, ideal for readers who enjoy fast-paced thrillers that keep them guessing. - Books + Publishing
It's a tight, compulsive, beautifully written thriller with echoes of Gillian Flynn, with characters that keep you guessing and a plot that keeps you turning the page. - Christian White, author of The Nowhere Child
Literary suspense as dark and fresh as midnight in winter, with a merciless twist-of-the-knife finale. One of the most striking debuts I've read in years and years. - AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
Almost nothing will turn out as it initially appears in this devastating novel of psychological suspense. - Publishers Weekly
Pick this one up when you have plenty of time as you're unlikely to put it down after a few pages. - Daily Telegraph
J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In The Clearing, Pomare's second novel, was also a critically acclaimed bestseller, while his third novel, Tell Me Lies, was a #1 Audible bestseller.
He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.