Sydney, 2020—’the city of water’. Alice’s life is about to change in ways she could never have imagined. Alice, or Eve as she was once known, is hired to expose Eternity, the cult that was founded outside the small desert town where she was born. With Drew, the boy from upstairs, who may be spying on her or watching over her, she begins a dream-like road trip into the dead heart of Australia where the past unravels into the future with exhilarating speed. Why did her sister Lucy leave her and what is it that happened between them? Who was her mother? Questions are asked. Their answers haunt and unsettle. At its heart The Asking Game drives us to ask ourselves who we really are. Childhood, sibling rivalry, science and identity are all explored in a bold, tautly woven debut—’a stylish thriller with literary sensibilities’. If you’re addicted to psychological thrillers or speculative fiction, or if you loved The Time Traveller’s Wife for its sharp psychological truths and complex emotions, you’ll want to read The Asking Game.
‘They moved from mirror to mirror as the ground gradually sloped away until, by the time they reached the last mirror, their faces were swimming in the polished surface at nearly the same height. And staring out at them were two sets of identical eyes: blue-grey black-grey steel-grey stone. Both girls paused mid-step. Eve noticed for the first time that her eyes were divided into slices of grey and blue and black. And so were Lucy’s. Their eyes were identical. Not just like each other: absolutely identical. They looked into their own eyes, and into each other’s, and couldn’t tell them apart.’