The novel that inspired the Disney+ Original series, The Clearing, featuring an all-star cast lead by Teresa Palmer, Miranda Otto and Guy Pearce.
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new girl joins the group.
Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. If you saw her with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. But then a girl goes missing, and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.
As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town's dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.
The Clearing is the critically acclaimed thriller from the Top Ten bestselling author of The Wrong Woman.
'Pomare is a master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller' The Australian
'His is a rare talent that continues to turn out crime masterpieces. Pomare challenge[s] the reader . . . gradually revealing the secrets of the past until all the pieces of the puzzle fit satisfyingly, although somewhat unsettlingly, together' Sydney Morning Herald
'Another breathtaking page-turner. A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters' CHRISTIAN WHITE
'Past and present collide in this taut and unpredictable thriller . . . Twist follows twist and nothing is as it seems' CHRIS HAMMER
'One of the most exciting literary thriller authors to come out of the country' The Saturday Paper
'J.P. Pomare captivates in this haunting novel. I was utterly gripped . . . A sure-fire bestseller' SALLY HEPWORTH
'Chilling, thrilling and terrifyingly believable' ROBBIE ARNOTT
Pomare's new novel, In the Clearing, is written with a technical aplomb that proves his first was no fluke. There's no doubt about it: Pomare is a master of the carefully constructed, impeccably paced psycho-thriller. - The Australian
There are lots of premium crime-fiction offerings this summer, but this bloodcurdling exploration of the asphyxiating grip of a cult on its followers deserves to be at the top of your pile. - The New Daily
Pomare alternates between Freya and Amy's stories in ways that challenge the reader to work out how these two characters connect, gradually revealing the secrets of the past until all the pieces of the puzzle fit satisfyingly, although somewhat unsettlingly, together. - Sydney Morning Herald
Both his books are testament to the fact that he could be one of the most exciting literary thriller authors to come out of the country. - The Saturday Paper
If J.P. Pomare's Call Me Evie was a slow-burner of a psychological thriller, his follow-up, In the Clearing, is a pared-back firecracker. - Books+Publishing
In the Clearing will keep you on the edge of your seat and wide awake until you've raced to the end. A true psychological thriller that is totally believable and which will stay with you long after you've finished. - Herald Sun
Clear your schedules, because after reading page one you won't be able to stop. In The Clearing is another breathtaking page-turner from the author of Call Me Evie. A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters. - Christian White, bestselling author of THE NOWHERE CHILD
Pomare's writing is clear and precise, with not a word wasted. The characters are especially well drawn, developed patiently and with empathy ... It is the plot, however, of In the Clearing that is especially impressive - ambitious, audacious, and masterfully rendered. - Australian Book Review
J.P. POMARE is an award-winning author whose debut novel, Call Me Evie (2018), won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In the Clearing (2019) was made into a Disney+ Original Series, The Clearing, while Tell Me Lies (2020) was a #1 Audible bestseller and was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. The Last Guests (2021) was critically acclaimed, as was his fifth book, the top-ten bestseller The Wrong Woman (2022). Home Before Night is his sixth novel and was first published as an Audible Original.
J.P. Pomare was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife and daughter.