A returned criminal, a cult-like family and cybercrime clash against the backdrop of the Flinders Ranges

Deception Creek

Emma is recently divorced, working the land at Deception Creek, the farm that three generations of her family have owned before her. Haunted by her distant past and more recent nightmares, Emma works hard to move on.  

With criminal Joel Hammond being released from jail and heading home to Barker, Detective Dave Burrows and his officer Senior Sergeant Jack Higgins are on high alert. When secrets from the past threaten, loyalties will be questioned.

About Fleur McDonald

Having sold over 650,000 copies of her books, she has solidified her position as one of the country’s favourite storytellers.

One of Australia’s leading rural literature authors, with her books becoming best sellers almost as quickly as they hit the shelves, Fleur draws inspiration from having lived and worked for much of her life on a farm – including early life on her parent’s property in regional SA, and more recently on her 8000 acre property in regional WA.

Fleur McDonald is a highly sought after guest speaker. Fleur not only is available to present on the topic of writing, but also across areas she is most passionate about. This includes country life, autism, domestic violence and her non for profit organisation DVassist which tailors Domestic Violence services across Australia.

About Detective Dave Burrows

Tough, loyal, and full of integrity, he’s a formidable Detective. Dave Burrows is a character who features in many of Fleur’s rural novels.

After writing several novels with Detective Dave as a secondary character, Fleur felt he really deserved his own series to shine.
Although Detective Dave appears in many of Fleur’s novels, it was in 2018, that he finally got the spotlight in Fool’s Gold, the first of what would become my young Dave series, following Detective Burrows early career and his first marriage. Four novels now document his adventures, with ‘Something to Hide’ bringing a particularly sticky investigation to a close.
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Fleur McDonald is the Founder of the non-for-profit organisation DVassist, formally known as Breaking the Silence.

This organisation aims to provide a one-stop resource via the website, to provide information on local services for people experiencing Family and Domestic Violence in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. The website collates essential support service contact details, individually tailored to each shire.

Additionally, free telephone counselling services are available on 1800 080 083 as well as an online chat service. Both of the services operate from 10am – 10pm, Monday to Friday and are for regional, rural and remote WA residents.

Domestic Abuse is a complex issue and through DVassist Fleur aimed to reach and support, as many rural people in need, as possible.

Although Fleur is still supportive of the fundamental idea of DVassist, she is no longer involved with the management or decision making of this organisation.

Targeting Domestic Violence
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“Drawing on her own experiences with rural Australia, Fleur has used these skills to weave a moving tale.”


“I have to admit, I kind of like when authors fool me and Fleur McDonald managed that nicely here, because I thought I had it all figured out and turned out I didn’t!”


“Fleur McDonald has a wonderful way with telling rural stories in a special way … A great summer read.”