“[A] perceptive coming-of-age tale…The sophisticated plot spins on corporate gossip, family betrayal, and the effect on children of being forced to keep their parents’ secrets…Fans of character-driven mysteries will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly
Arabella Lane is found dead in the Thames on a frosty winter’s morning after the office Christmas party. No one is sure whether she jumped or was pushed. The one person who may know the truth is the office temp, Eleanor.
Having traveled to London to escape the repercussions of her traumatic childhood in Australia, tragedy seems to follow Eleanor wherever she goes. To her horror, she has no memory of the crucial hours leading up to Arabella’s death—memory that will either incriminate or absolve her.
Caught in a crossfire of accusations, Eleanor fears she can’t even trust herself, let alone the people around her. And soon, she’ll find herself in a race against time to uncover what happened that night—and discover just how deadly some secrets can be.
“Eleanor, the new office temp…can’t imagine why Arabella Lane, the company golden girl, has chosen to chat her up at the office party…When, hours later, Arabella is found floating in the Thames near Waterloo Bridge, “the memories become hazy” for Eleanor…The police investigation is vague enough to feel surreal, flipping the narrative almost entirely into Eleanor’s head. And while Foster certainly knows how to create an unsettling life of the mind, it is not a place you’d care to linger, especially in Eleanor’s case.” —New York Times Book Review
"The Hidden Hours is evasive yet approachable, making it the perfect thriller to breeze through and then ponder about long after putting it down.” —Seattle Book Review (four stars)
“[An] absorbing psychological thriller…What starts like a murder mystery shifts into an examination of the consequences of loneliness, rejection, and despair…A gripping read.” —Booklist
"The Hidden Hours dragged me into an atmosphere brimming with suspicion, accusation, questions, and barely-under-the-surface violence.” —Write Note Reviews
Sara Foster was born and raised in England and moved to Australia in 2004. She has published six other novels: Come Back to Me, Beneath the Shadows, Shallow Breath, All That Is Lost between Us, You Don’t Know Me, and The Hidden Hours. She lives near Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two young daughters, and is a doctoral candidate with Curtin University.