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'The perfect combination of great historical fiction and a thriller ... highly recommend.' Better Reading

'Captures the imagination from the first page.' SA Weekend

'A layered family drama of mysteries and long held loyalties.' The Blurb

Out now in Australia


No matter how far you run, the past will always find you ...

Gripping. Tense.

Inheritance of Secrets links the crimes of the present to the secrets of the past and asks how far would you go to keep a promise.

New edition - coming soon to US, Canada and UK

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December 9, 2021

December 14, 2021


Shortlisted for the Davitt Awards 2021 Best Debut Crime Novel

Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award 2020

'The fully developed characters and story line packs a punch.' School Library Journal

'This is one of my favorite books in the 'Orca Sports' series yet, and it would be a good addition to a school or public library. Highly Recommended.' CM Magazine

Sonya Bates is a Canadian writer who has made South Australia her home since 1997. Working as a spech pathologist, she began writing when her children were young and has published several children's books. Her debut adult novel, Inheritance of Secrets, was shortlisted as an unpublished manuscript in the inaugural Banjo Prize in 2018.

Writer, reader, author. Wife, mother and caretaker of pets. Love travel, love books.

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