Win a signed copy of Assassin

To celebrate the release of Assassin, the exciting sixth book to feature Mak Vanderwall, HarperCollins are giving you the chance to win a signed copy!

Former model turned forensic psychologist and PI Mak Vanderwall is missing, presumed dead in Paris. By hiring a hit man to kill her, the powerful and corrupt Cavanagh family aimed to silence her for good. But after narrowly escaping death, Mak has taken over her would-be killer’s world. She is very much alive. And transformed …

Back in Sydney Mak’s former flame, criminal profiler Andy Flynn is on the trail of a vicious rapist and murderer with possible ties to the infamous ‘Stiletto Killer’. He may have struck before and will certainly do so again. And while Andy struggles to cope in a world without Mak, little does he realise she is on her way back. And this time she’s ready to make her own justice.

For your chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of Assassin just answer the following question in 25 words or less.

How far would you go for revenge?

Competition closes Sunday August 19th.

**Update: Thank you all for your wonderfully creative entries in the Assassin competition.
It was a very difficult decision but we have decided on these winning entries:

Sonia Thacker:
Play it like a chess board, back them into a corner then pounce when they aren’t looking.

Micheale Craymer:
Being a survivor and not a victim is the best way to deal with any kind of injustice. Karma…

T Varga:
Hurt my family, friends, Angelina Jolie or take my chocolate or coffee and my revenge would go to levels of The Crow.

Jodie Wells-Slowgrove:
An intricate plot ending in humourous humiliation is always best. Villains hate to be laughed at.


To quote Nietzsche – is it better to outmonster the monster or be quietly devoured?
I’m all for outmonstering…

Don’t despair if you missed out – it’s only a week to go until Assassin hits stores.


  1. Kylie Sams

    If it has anything to do with my kids then anything it takes

  2. Chris Coram

    I usually just sit back and it will take care of it’s self. As it has done.

  3. I wouldnt go too far for revenge "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" ~ Ghandi. I’d wait for Karma on my behalf.

  4. Sonia Thacker

    Play it like a chess board, back them into a corner then pounce when they aren’t looking.

  5. cheryl mckibbin

    These days i just sit back and wait for people to screw themselves…doing nothing is the best revenge!

  6. Anything is possible when it comes to those you love. Love versus hate drives a person to just do just about anything.

  7. Erin W

    Revenge doesn’t get you anywhere. But if I got some revenge, my reasoning would have to be just, such as my loved ones being hurt.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Hurt my family, friends, Angelina Jolie or take my chocolate or coffee and my revenge would go to levels of The Crow.

  9. Julie Bousles

    I’ve learnt from life that revenge is not worth the after-guilt or bad karma.

  10. I believe in Karma, it might not nesciarlly bite you on the bum straight away but It will eventually ….. But saying that when it comes to my kids my husband or my immediate family I’ll go all out to make sure no one put them in harms way 🙂 love your books btw Tara have all of them 🙂 x

  11. Eemon Marstella

    As tempting as revenge I have now learnt is karma is the best revenge!

  12. Rei Mitchell

    I myself wouldn’t go too far for revenge because I like being the bigger person – but revenge makes for good reading 😀

  13. Christie

    As far as necessary to stand up for and protect the ones I care about. For vindication, or after having wrong done to them.

  14. Nenad B

    Revenge? What a strange word? Can’t we all love one another? 🙂

  15. gail baker

    When it comes to my daughters if any harm comes to them nothing is ever too far in my eyes.

  16. Kirsten Benhiam

    In my imagination I’m all powerful and would do anything and everything to get revenge but in reality I’d be a bit of a coward.

  17. Vicki Steele

    As far as I had to while still wearing killer heels, my diamond tennis bracelet and a self righteous smile!

  18. Carlos Attanazio

    As far as it takes… once we get hurt, there is no turning back!

  19. angela

    they say revenge is a dish best served cold, so I would wait and plan and take my revenge with a clear head!

  20. Janine

    To quote Nietzsche – is it better to outmonster the monster or be quietly devoured?

    I’m all for outmonstering…

  21. Sheryl Nadan

    I think what goes around comes around, I just let things be!

  22. Hugh Hopkins

    I would be willing to wait many years, join the Intelligence Corps and take it from there. Hmmm no wonder the Army rejected me…

  23. My heart would burn with revenge if anyone hurt my family or friends. To what ends would I go? Pretty Far!

  24. Danielle McHugh

    My partner left me at 12 weeks pregnant, i’m now 32 weeks & will happily raise our daughter on my own. His loss !

  25. Corina

    Think Emily Thorn in the tv series Revenge and add just a teeny bit more…..

  26. Kylie Payne

    It depends on what the person did, if it was family I would do whatever needed to be done for revenege as long as I could get away with it like Emily from ‘Revenge’ did.

  27. Kirsty Porteous

    Revenge its a vicious circle let it pass but if it involved my family not sure how far i’d go hoping to never find out.

  28. Belinda

    If it involved my family, especially my children, I would go to the ends of the earth to ensure justice met with whoever wronged them!

  29. Kate Wallis

    Revenge is something that can consume you body and soul if you let it. If I was in Mak’s shoes, anything goes, but for myself, I try to just let the karma bus reverse over them a few times!

  30. Kirsty Laino

    As far as justified. An eye for an eye doesn’t always work, but it can feel good at the time!

  31. Meredith

    If you fill your life with the right people, there should be no need for revenge… and the rest aren’t worth it.

  32. Terry King

    I figure I’ve got enough petrol to go about 150 kilometres – so that is how far I would go!

  33. Rebecca Hesman

    I think karma will take of any revenge that needs to occur!

  34. Micheale Craymer

    Being a survivor and not a victim is the best way to deal with any kind of injustice. Karma…

  35. Tania Smith

    I believe in karma so not that far! Tasteful revenge is sweet though!

  36. Rachael R

    As far as I can. Somebody steals my chocolate? Well, I won’t buy anymore chocolate – that’ll teach them.

  37. Michael

    I have been plotting for the past 20 years…all I need to do is find out where my ex-school principal lives…she’s been a really really bad ….

  38. Jaimee

    As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold, succeeding everything you want in life, the person said you couldn’t is best, they’ll hate it.

  39. What a wonderful question, Tara! Always up for a good think. 😀

    I’d like to say that I wouldn’t push any boundaries when it came to getting revenge. It is soul-sucking and pretty infantile when you think about it, but when you’re irrational and emotional, you don’t really think, do you?

    I think it would depend on the case itself. There are so many details that are subject to change that it’s not funny. For example, if someone were to buy the last pizza slice at the foodcourt on my lunch break? I’m not about to try and poison them. But if someone were to attempt harm upon me and mine? There wouldn’t be a rock small enough to hide under. I would dedicate my life and beyond to seeing that they atone for their slights against my loved ones, and the aggravation and effort I went to in order to accomplish my task.

    "Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
    The base Injustice thou hast done my Love:
    Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
    And all those Ills which thou so long hast mourn’d;
    Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d,
    Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d…"

    — William Congreve, ‘The Mourning Bride’ (1697)

  40. Paige Vesty

    As far as my imagination will drive me… It appears as though I am on an endless road.

  41. Paige Vesty

    I don’t think it could even be measured in length!… A long way!

  42. Nicole knezevic

    I would plot it out to he very last detail, and then thank karma when my plan takes place without me having anything to do with it. What goes around comes around…!

  43. Nicole knezevic

    I would plot it out to the very last detail, and then thank karma when my plan takes place without me having anything to do with it. What goes around comes around…!

  44. Lorina Rogers

    I would do it all legally.. But make the person think there actions were a repercussion of there actions towards their own wrongdoing

  45. Julie

    Local ‘identity’ who ripped off local community had his email address given to porn sites and other spammers.

  46. Lorina Rogers

    Well wrote TM Francis but you clearly can’t count to 25 lol

  47. Phil Norrish

    Revenge is to be use on someone who has taken everything from you and you have nothing more to lose .

  48. Caroline Gunnulson

    I believe what goes around comes back around tenfold. I just stay positive and know that KARMA will win in the end.

    I could’nt live with myself if I sought out revenge as then it would make me a lesser person and I would be just as bad as the person who started it.

  49. Stephen Glover

    Revenge is a dish best serve cold. Act cool and unaffected… bide your time and then pounce!

  50. cath BIBIAN DALLE

    Revenge, a french word that all other languages got wrongly spelt!

  51. Carol Kilby

    Revenge is sweet? So…Live happily, love hard, ignore those who try to harm you and this will then drive them into deserved Karma forces!!!

  52. Adele Blow

    As far as my conscience would allow; hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

  53. michelle -huge tara moss fan- lancaster

    Of course revenge is best served cold and clammy….. id befriend my subject and weave my way into their heart and strike them whilst unawares! either that or just steal their mail and bury it.

  54. Deanne Woodman

    I would take a leaf out of Emily Thorne’s book in Revenge TV series. She’s a genius at setting others up to the fall.

  55. Deb Bodinnar

    As far as it takes to win a signed copy of your fabulous new book Tara!! Love your work….

  56. Sharyn Brown

    As far as I can without causing physical harm to anyone. But I would have to have been seriously hurt to WANT to exact revenge.

  57. Erin

    Revenge on this level requires you to lose some of yourself and your innocence. If I was in Mak’s shoes I would go as far as I was willing to live with.

  58. Mandi Kontos

    I would take down what and who were necessary to come out feeling justified. Because Revenge is about striking back at those who’ve wronged you.

  59. Nicole Powell

    Nothing is better than Karma, sweet revenge always comes back with a good dose of Karma.

  60. Maurice baker

    Tara I look forward to reading this as I have enjoyed all your books and your company when you were in Tassie,I also look forward to seeing you again,,ex H /C

  61. Melanie Sibraa

    Just far enough to keep things interesting! subtle sleuthing and silent seduction, before the grand finale!

  62. Ron Bloomfield

    Its all about how you can organize the things you need to get done in the right way without too many snags along the way. Revenge is thing of patience…. it goes as far as is needed.

  63. Jordan Verbeek

    If it meant pushing the pregnant woman away from the doorway, like Liam Neeson suggested, and if it was that important to me, I would go after whoever I need to and deliver justice.

  64. Margaret Groube

    For the love of my daughter, I would go as far as my last breath would take me!

  65. TM Francis

    HAHAH! I didn’t even see that. I just saw the question, got all excited and went SICK! sorry about that! ^_^;

  66. Dennis Xioni

    My ultimate revenge is to embrace an altruistic existence, unshackled from the bile of bitterness, and to generously volunteer the benevolent gift of my warm, inviting smile accompanied by the sparkle of my gentle unguarded eyes.

  67. Chantalle

    If you opt for revenge, patience and knowledge are the keys. Wait for the perfect moment to get them right where it hurts the most.

  68. Alicia

    I’m more for instant gratification. I would make everyone Involved pay for what they had done. Karma takes too long to come back around.

  69. Meggan

    Instilling paranoia is the best revenge. They can spend so much time and energy trying to predict whats comings, when its coming that eventually its their own undoing.
    For someone that meant the world to me (kids, family or lover) I would whatever neccesary to get even. Having lost a child at the hands of another’s negligence I was ready to rip limb from limb… but my family needed me more.

  70. Patricia Kekewick

    I’d think about all the awful things I could do, but then remember that, to act, is to create bad energy for myself in the long run. Revenge kind of begets revenge in the real world.
    Truly, I think that Karma has a great sense of humour and will get the true revenge in the end.

  71. Lorraine Parker

    The best revenge for me would be to live a full happy life with no thought or consideration to the person who has wronged me.

  72. Karen McDiarmid

    I think Dexter summed it up nicely at the end of Dexter is Delicious! If I had a passenger, that is what I would do 😀

  73. Lani

    It’s easy to say ‘leave it to Karma’ but, honestly, in Mak’s situation, I don’t know how far I would go for revenge.

  74. Kim

    I say karma is the best revenge. Nothing better when it hits and you had nothing to do with it!

  75. Jacqueline

    I’d go all Brad Pitt in Fight Club – "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."

  76. As far as my KarmaDoor – & then I’ll let her take over, and do what she does best! 😉

  77. I’d go all Brad Pitt in Fight Club – "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero."

  78. P.J.Parker

    It depends on how many bookstores between here and there and whether or not Tara is wearing THAT red dress in the final revenge scene.

  79. Lucy D

    Not far – I’ve already found ‘revenge’ on page 396 of my pocket dictionary – and a bonus; I didn’t need to dig two graves

  80. Pris Gormley

    I don’t take revenge – i just let it happen. It doesn’t take long for justice to take its course – and I watch it with a clear conscience and a smile on my lips.

  81. Marlene Drummond

    I’ve found with age comes wisdom. Let karma run its course & return full circle. That in itself is satisfying enough!

  82. I’m just waiting for the right moment. If I get caught I’ll let you have the rights to the story. Deal?

  83. Christine

    I would do whatever I could within the law. Enough to scare the bejesus out of them, I think fear is the best revenge.

  84. Kaya

    I think that’s a question Julian Assange’s legal team would like to ask the US Government.

  85. Melanie N

    I’d find their weakness, plant seeds of doubts and fear in their mind, so that they will feel forever vulnerable.

    P.S: I did take care of your beautiful daughter 🙂

  86. Anonymous

    Thank you for these wonderful answers. The comp is now closed and winners will be announced soon! x

  87. Marianne

    Revenge is bitter with a tinge of sweet satisfaction. Making sure crimes are acknowledged and right is accomplished creates the sweet satisfactions.