Swimming in the Dark

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In this river she is herself only. In this silken water, swimming through the deep, cold pockets and sun-warmed shallows, she is only skin.

International best-selling author Paddy Richardson's best book ever. Unforgettable story of a young teacher whose quiet life in Central Otago is thrown into chaos that recalls the dangers of East Germany life under the feared Stasi.

A mesmerising tale of three women who must find the courage to overcome the past and beat the odds to find hope for the future.

FEAR. Serena Freeman is a fifteen-year-old girl with her life ahead of her. From a dysfunctional family on the wrong side of the law, she is determined to break the mould, escape the prejudices of her community and attend university. That's until the law comes looking for her. Overcome by a force she can't fight against, she enters a world of fear and betrayal...

HOPE. Ilse Klein is a secondary school teacher. As a former citizen of Leipzig she has endured loss and distrust under the rule of the Stasi which has left her wary of contact with others. When she takes the dangerous risk of hiding Serena, her student who is in trouble, she leaves the past behind and begins to hope.

COURAGE. Gerda Klein, Ilse's mother, has been broken by the Stasi. After years of living in dread in Leipzig, she wants a quiet life in New Zealand. No involvement, no risk. Ilse's actions and Serena's suffering force her to confront her own past. It is she who summons the courage to save them all.

A fast-paced and beautifully told story of three women and the real meaning of courage.

  1. Best-selling, multiple-award-winning author
  2. Internationally published
  3. Guest author at both Leipzig and Frankfurt Book Fairs
  4. Her last novel, Cross Fingers, went straight onto the bestseller lists in NZ on its release

Written by Paddy Richardson

Publication date: 17 April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927262-05-4
Category: Women’s Fiction
NZ RRP: $34.99
Format: PB, 234 x 153mm (portrait), 288 pp