An Early Look at The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge by Kali Napier

The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge…


1932. Ernie and Lily Hass, and their daughter, Girlie, have lost almost everything in the Depression; all they have keeping their small family together are their secrets. Abandoning their failing wheat farm and small-town gossip, they make a new start on the west coast of Australia where they begin to build a summer guesthouse. But forming new alliances with the locals isn’t easy.

Into the Hasses’ new life wanders Lily’s shell-shocked brother, Tommy, after three harrowing years on the road following his incarceration. Tommy is seeking answers that will cut to the heart of who Ernie, Lily, and Girlie really are.

Inspired by the author’s own family history, The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is a haunting, memorable and moving tale of one family’s search for belonging. Kali Napier breathes a fever-pitch intensity into the story of these emotionally fragile characters as their secrets are revealed with tragic consequences.




My Thoughts:

My thoughts on The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge are technically on hold until its release date in early 2018, but I can say this much:


Kali Napier may be a debut author but she is certainly no novice. The Secret’s at Ocean’s Edge is an incredible novel, a story layered with all of the hallmarks that make for an Australian classic.


Thanks is extended to Hachette Australia for providing me with an advance copy of The Secrets of Ocean’s Edge for review. I’d like to especially thank Kali Napier for putting me forward as an early reviewer of her novel. I’m so looking forward to sharing my full review closer to the release date. In the meantime, I encourage all of you to pre-order this exquisite novel.


The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge will be released on January 30th, 2018.

The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is book 63 in my 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge. Kali Napier is a great supporter of the challenge and it gives me great pleasure to be able to pay that support forward to her.




About Kali Napier:

Kali Napier worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist on gender programs before working as an Aboriginal family history researcher for the Queensland government and as a Native Title anthropologist in the mid-west of Western Australia, the setting for The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge. The novel was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, as was her first manuscript – also a finalist in the Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Kali is currently an MPhil candidate in creative writing at the University of Queensland. The character of Ernie in The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is based on her great-grandfather, who settled briefly in Dongara during the Depression. Kali now lives in Queensland with her two children.



To follow Kali’s news, check in with her at the following places:
Facebook @KaliNapierAuthor
Twitter @KaliNapier


The Bath Novel Award is open to unpublished writers from across the world. First prize is £2,000. The winner and shortlisted writers get introductions to literary agents. It’s open to novels of every genre, for adult or young adult (13+) readers.


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