Dawn Barker

DAWN BARKER is a child psychiatrist who works with families affected by mental illness. She grew up in Scotland, and studied Medicine at Aberdeen University. In 2001 she moved to Australia, completed her psychiatric training and began writing. She has published non-fiction articles on parenting and child psychology for various websites and magazines. Her first novel Fractured was published by Hachette Australia.

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Dawn Barker (UK/AUS)

Let Her Go

How do two sisters share a child they both created? Child psychiatrist Dawn Barker returns with her latest psychological suspense.

Zoe McAllister boards a ferry to Rottnest Island in the middle of winter huddling a baby – a child that she didn’t give birth to - close to her chest. She is frightened that her husband, Lachlan, will find her, or that her stepsister Nadia, the birth mother will call the police.

Three years earlier, 34-year-old Zoe has found out she can never have children because of a chronic medical illness that has left her infertile. At her stepfather’s 60th birthday party, she blurts out her story to her step sister Nadia. Nadia who has three children is devastated, and despite reservations by her husband, Eddie, she offers to be an egg donor and surrogate mother for Zoe.

During Nadia’s pregnancy, the psychological impact of the surrogacy becomes clear: while Zoe is excited, she battles with feelings of envy and failure; Nadia tries to remain detached from the pregnancy but knows she is beginning to bond with the baby she is carrying. 

Towards the end of the pregnancy, Zoe gets a call to say that Nadia is unwell and the baby must be born early. Zoe’s husband Lachlan is working away on the goldmines and misses the birth, but they are both thrilled when baby Louise is born. Everything seems perfect but who really owns Louise? 




Dawn Barker (UK/AUS)


'As compelling as it is chilling’ - Sunday Life

An unforgettable novel that brings to life a new mother’s worst fears.

Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago? But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, he thought, she’s just adjusting. He was busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And he realises that something is really wrong.


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