Shortlisted for 2016 Ned Kelly Awards (Best First Fiction)
Shortlisted for 2016 Davitt Awards (Best Debut)
Is Brigitte a loving wife and mother, or a cold-blooded killer?
Nobody knows why she was in the east of the city so early on the morning she was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver. It was the Friday before Christmas 1994 — the same day police discovered the body of a man beaten to death in her apartment.
Fourteen years later, Brigitte is married to the detective who investigated the murder, which she claims to have lost her memory of in the car accident. They have young twins, and seem to be a happy family. Until the reopening of the cold case.
Please Don’t Leave Me Here is about loss, love and lies. It is about pain, fear, and memory. And, above all, it is about letting go.
Please Don’t Leave Me Here is available from your local bookstore, online, or from Scribe.
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‘A remarkable debut. Stylish, assured writing and a compelling, totally believable protagonist. Ms Chandler makes us believe in Brigitte even as we wonder whether to believe her.’
GRAEME SIMSION, AUTHOR OF THE ROSIE PROJECT AND THE ROSIE EFFECT
‘[F]irst-time author Chandler proves chillingly good at powerlessness, despair, and the unreasonable batterings of fate.’
KATHARINE ENGLAND, ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
‘The texture of the book, the details of the daily struggles of Brigitte’s life, particularly as a young girl, are compelling.’
DIANNE DEMPSEY, THE AGE
‘Somewhere in the middle of Part 2 the novel declares its colours firmly as more psychological study than thriller. It’s not really a who- or how- or even a why- dunnit. It’s more about the damage and fallout from youthful events; a call to consider the implications of cover-up and denial.’
KAREN CHISHOLM, THE NEWTOWN REVIEW OF BOOKS
‘[C]omplicated but intriguing … Chandler ensures twists and turns until the end.’
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE is a Melbourne based Australian crime novel that goes beyond the confines of traditional crime fiction.’
JUST A GUY THAT LIKES TO READ
‘Blurb on the cover of this book likens it to the bestselling psychological thriller The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, yet Please Don’t Leave Me Here is more subtle than Hawkins’ novel; while it also has the staples of the genre (twists, turns and a murder mystery) it delves more deeply into the protagonist Brigitte’s psyche, emphasising the psychological rather than the thriller. The prose plays with dreams and memories, leaving both Brigitte and the reader wondering what is real and what isn’t.’
‘Tania Chandler’s skill at depicting a damaged mind, combined with a vivid eye for detail and a superb writing style, make this book so much more than a who-what-when-where-and-how puzzle. The story is robust enough not to need any writerly gimmicks …
‘… It raises social issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence and prostitution, without judgement and without being over-zealous. The writing is excellent, the story hangs together well, and I’m looking forward to her next book already.’
LIZ GREEN, THE BOOK BAG
‘Please Don’t Leave Me Here is an accomplished first novel that reads like the work of a much more experienced author. Tania Chandler knows how to manipulate her audience, and her writing style is unique and engaging. In Brigitte she presents us a fragile and unlikely heroine without ever making her the stereotypical weak and needy damsel in distress.’
MATHEW CRAIG, READER DAD – BOOK REVIEWS
‘There is some really excellent writing here, beautiful descriptive prose that gets you right into the head of the main protagonist and a really really intriguing and enthralling story.’
LIZ BARNSLEY, LIZ LOVES BOOKS
‘Please Don’t Leave Me Here is a sexy and stylish debut. It’s dark and intriguing, the kind of story that gets under the skin and leaves you feeling a little dirty and sordid.’
KIM FORRESTER, READING MATTERS
‘[D]ark and spindly like an old Tasmanian apple orchard in winter.’
JANICE SIMPSON, AUTHOR OR MURDER IN MOUNT MARTHA
‘Chandler has written a book with the familiar setting of Melbourne, a complex yet believable main character, and the page turning tension needed for a successful book.’
SUZANNE BOZORTH–BAINES, SISTERS IN CRIME
‘The writing is lovely and engaging, and the pace keeps you reading …
Chandler’s characterisation is simply excellent – all of them believable, many one can relate to, and some first-grade human detritus as well. As an ex-detective, I always critically view authors’ depictions of police officers, as they are often not very realistic, even from otherwise excellent writers. No such concern for me here – Chandler has done a solid job with her police characters. Drawing on my police background, Chandler’s examination of relationship violence and psychological entrapment and capitulation are chillingly on the money, and she covers the “flesh industry” with seedy accuracy, too.
A great read, beautiful writing, and I am going to be buying more of Chandler’s work.’
A.B. PATTERSON, AUTHOR