Expectant (Sam Shephard #5) (Paperback)

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Expectant (Sam Shephard #5) (Paperback)


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This is book number 5 in the Sam Shephard series.

A pregnant Sam Shephard investigates the murder of an expectant mother in Dunedin, as it becomes clear that the killer is ready to strike again … Queen of New Zealand Crime, Vanda Symon, returns with a shocking, twisty new Sam Shephard thriller…

'From the opening pages, this story left me gasping for breath' Michael Robotham

‘ Chillingly intense with a finely honed sense of place … Vanda Symon knows Dunedin and brings it vibrantly to life in this fast-paced thriller’ Craig Robertson

‘ An excellent thriller, definitely one of the best of this year. Vanda Symon is a master of characterisation, plot and dialogue … I loved every moment’ Liz Nugent

'New Zealand's modern Queen of Crime' Val McDermid


A killer targeting pregnant women.

A detective expecting her first baby…

The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin, and the devastating crime feels uncomfortably close to home for Detective Sam Shephard as she counts down the days to her own maternity leave.

Confined to a desk job in the department, Sam must find the missing link between this brutal crime and a string of cases involving mothers and children in the past. As the pieces start to come together and the realisation dawns that the killer’ s actions are escalating, drastic measures must be taken to prevent more tragedy.

For Sam, the case becomes personal, when it becomes increasingly clear that no one is safe and the clock is ticking…


‘ Dark, chilling and utterly heartbreaking. A highly emotive and compelling thriller’ Michael Wood

‘ New Zealand's answer to Siobhan Clarke’ The Times

'The Edinburgh of the south has never been more deadly' Ian Rankin

‘ From the ominous and shocking beginning to the heart-pounding ending, Expectant had me in its grasp’ Nikki Crutchley

'A sassy heroine, fabulous sense of place, and rip-roaring stories with a twist. Perfect curl-up-on-the-sofa reading' Kate Mosse

'Fans of The Dry will love Vanda Symon' Red Magazine

‘ A wonderful storyteller’ Helen FitzGerald

Praise for Vanda Symon

***SHORTLISTED for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger***
***SHORTLISTED for Best Paperback in the Barry Awards***

'If you like taut, pacy thrillers with a wonderful sense of place, this is the book for you' Liam McIlvanney

'Vanda Symon's work resembles Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series she knows how to tell a good story and the NZ setting adds spice' The Times

'Atmospheric, emotional and gripping' Foreword Reviews

'A plot that grabs the reader's attention with a heart-stopping opening and doesn't let go' Sunday Times

'It is Symon's copper Sam, self-deprecating and very human, who represents the writer's real achievement' Guardian

‘ Edgy, thrilling and terrifyingly realistic’ Lisa Hall

‘ All the thrills of a brilliantly plotted crime novel with some interesting moral questions woven between the words. Fast, furious and intense' Helen Fields

'Completely gripping … a poignant study of how our society shapes unlikely saints and monsters' Eve Smith

Vanda Symon is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has climbed to number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.
Product Details ISBN: 9781914585579
ISBN-10: 1914585577
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 276
Language: English
Series: Sam Shephard
'As usual, there is a vivid sense of place to the story and Vanda also nicely captures the tempo and feel of the city and the New Zealand sense of humour. A very enjoyable novel that deserves wide readership' —Deadly Pleasures