Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Shelter (November 2023)

By Catherine Jinks

November 22, 2023

Meg’s little house in the bush outside town is a perfect place to hide.  That’s one of the reasons she offers to shelter Nerine, who’s escaping a violent ex with her two little girls.  The other is that Meg knows what it’s like to live with an abusive partner.

Nerine is jumpy when she arrives, worried that her partner will find her.  Meg assures her she and her kids are safe now.

Then Meg start to wonder about some little things.  A disturbed flyscreen.  A tune playing on her wind-chimes.  Has Nerine’s ex tracked them down?  Has Meg’s husband turned up to torment her some more?

By the time she finds out, it’ll be too late to do anything but run for her life.

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