Tara’s second novel Split was shortlisted for the 2003 Davitt Award for Best Australian Crime Novel, and has shared the nation-wide top ten fiction best-seller lists in Australia with the likes of John Grisham, Stephen King, James Patterson, Jeffrey Deaver and Tolkiens Lord of the Rings, making Tara “…one of Australia’s most successful female authors in any genre.” (quoted from Crime Factory 2002)
Makedde Vanderwall is a woman with a past.
She is beautiful, street-smart and single, a model paying her way through a degree in forensic psychology. But behind the wit and winning smile is a woman haunted by violent nightmares and plagued by thoughts of Detective Andy Flynn, the ex-lover who saved her from a serial killer in Sydney.
Mak has returned to Vancouver, her hometown in Canada, eager to finish her studies, move on from the ordeal, and find some peace of mind. But instead she walks straight into a city gripped by fear, and a campus where the students are fair game.
As winter closes in and the days grow shorter, Mak is drawn into a shifting world of unstable minds and untrustworthy men, where motives are unclear and desires are unchecked. Her past cannot be so easily forgotten, and she must face her greatest challenge yet.