Losing Kate

Losing Kate

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This mesmerising debut is part love story, part mystery, telling the captivating story of two lovers torn apart by tragedy and the secrets they kept of one devastating night. I m the most authentic version of myself when I m around Jack. We ve known each other since we were kids, and our relationship was always one of mudpies and mocking. Then everything changed. Beautiful Kate, my best friend, disappeared on a moonlit beach after Jack dumped her for me. Jack was a suspect and, sure of his innocence, I lied to protect him. I know Jack didn t kill her. Our betrayal did. Thirteen years later, I am thirty, childless and single, attempting to renovate my life rescuing a rundown worker s cottage. All is as it should be in my safe little world until Jack buys the vacant lot behind my house and the feelings that we buried all those years ago the guilt, the love and the pain - resurface. We can t keep running away from the past and to move forward we have to know what really happened to Kate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 30mm | 479.99g
  • Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
  • Bantam
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 0857983407
  • 9780857983404
  • 605,917

About Kylie Kaden

Kylie Kaden was raised in Queensland and spent holidays camping with her parents and two brothers at the Sunshine Coast, where much of Losing Kate is set. She now lives in Brisbane with her husband and three young sons. Losing Kate is her first novel.show more

Rating details

260 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 37% (95)
4 30% (79)
3 23% (61)
2 7% (17)
1 3% (8)

Our customer reviews

Loved it. Couldn't put it down. Honest and gritty.show more
by Janine Hodge
I don't usually like Australian authors, but after all the fabulous reviews on Goodreads, I had to check this one out. And I was glad I did. I bought it at lunchtime and was up half the night, desperate to find out what happened to Kate. Haunting, suspenseful, evocative. An enjoyable read from start to finish and can't wait for Kaden's next one.show more
by Pippa McDonald
With a fresh, distinctive voice, Kylie Kaden describes the story of a teenaged girl who disappears on a deserted beach during an end-of-school adventure, and details the impact the event had on those left behind, namely Kateââ?¬â?¢s friends Frankie and Jack. Iââ?¬â?¢m not usually a flash-back fan, but the author expertly weaves present day scenes (when Frankie and Jack meet again at thirty, thirteen years after the event), to the tense beach scenes that led to Kateââ?¬â?¢s disappearance. I usually have a few books on the go, but I was compelled to keep reading this one. This is the kind of romance I like ââ?¬â?? one firmly based on reality. Youââ?¬â?¢ll find no swooning or heart palpitations here, so if thatââ?¬â?¢s your thing, stick to your traditional romance, but if you want likeable characters, a heart-felt tale, and donââ?¬â?¢t mind a bit of Aussie slang, this is an enjoyable and moving read. The pace is fast, without being bogged down on lengthy descriptions, but I warmed to the down-to-earth narrator (Frankie) with her insecurities and flaws, as she bravely renovates an old timber cottage, and comes to terms with her past. Losing Kate is a hybrid, cross genre read, grounded in a love story, but with the momentum generated by the mystery surrounding what really happened to Kate. I found myself forced to keep reading just to see if Frankie and Jack manage to finally get it on. A modern, emotive tail of second chances, friendship and loyalty that would particularly suit the New Adult market, but equally as enjoyable for those of us thirty-somethingââ?¬â?¢s who still feel like weââ?¬â?¢re fresh out of high-school (arenââ?¬â?¢t we?). Fast paced, simply written, but easy to love, this is a very promising start for the Australian author. I should disclose that I received a pre-released copy of Losing Kate through a media contact, but I was pleasantly surprised by this promising starter from Random House (who I understand have now sold Losing Kate to Germany). A very self-assured first novel.show more
by Jamie Wright
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