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It Takes a Town

Aoife Clifford

So many people had reason to hate her, but did anyone have reason to kill her?
Everyone dies famous in a country town, but glamorous Vanessa Walton was a shining star. A celebrity since a television commercial when she was a child, Vanessa is back on the front page for all the wrong reasons; after a terrible storm she has been found dead at the bottom of her stairs.
At first her death seems to be a simple accident, but anonymous letters are discovered that suggest otherwise – and when 16-year-old Jasmine Landridge claims it is murder, she suddenly disappears. As the police begin to investigate, secrets are exposed and friendships unravel. 
What happens to a community when murders and abductions sit alongside petty workmates, teenage tribulations and longstanding friendships? It will take a town to solve this crime, but what will be broken in the effort to piece together the truth?

About the Author

Aoife Clifford is the author of All These Perfect Strangers, which was long-listed for both the Australian Industry General Fiction Book of the Year and the Voss Literary Prize, and Second Sight, a Publishers Weekly (starred review) and PW Pick for Book of the Week. Aoife’s short stories have been published in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States, winning premier prizes such as the Scarlet Stiletto and the S.D. Harvey Ned Kelly Award.

Praise for It Takes a Town


There's a warmth and an edge to this beautifully written, nicely judged crime novel, which has at its heart the importance of female friendship.’ –Sydney Morning Herald

'One of the most enjoyable crime reads of the year.' Hayley Scrivenor, internationally best-selling author of Dirt Town


‘A vivid story of small town allegiances and secret grudges that drew me in and didn’t let go! I was pinned to my chair.’– Amanda Hampson, author of The Tea Ladies

’A page-turning, easy read with a story driven by lively characters, It Takes A Town offers readers glimpses of a community that has more bubbling below the surface than can be contained within this novel.‘– Books + Publishing


‘a complex and immersive read.’ –Canberra City News

Praise for When We Fall

'A vivid, twisting story that keeps you guessing to the end. This is top-shelf Australian crime.' — Mark Brandi, author of Wimmera and The Others

‘Atmospheric and absorbing, When We Fall is an absolute page-turner.’  Sara Foster, author of The Hush

'A suspenseful, rattling thriller with an ending that will have you gnawing your fingernails to the bone.'  Fiona Hardy, Readings

‘A wonderful storyteller. The combination of art, death and small town secrets makes for a sinister, complex tale that I could not put down. I’ve loved all of Aoife’s books but I think this is the best yet.’  Sarah Bailey, author of The Housemate




Pub Date
April 2024




Crime, Small town, Mystery