​© Petronella McGovern


How can a child disappear from under the care of four playgroup mums?

One Thursday morning, Lexie Parker dashes to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella in the safe care of the other mums in the playgroup.

Six minutes later, Bella is gone.


Police and media descend on the tiny village of Merrigang outside Canberra. Locals unite to
search the dense bushland. But as the investigation continues, relationships start to fracture,
online hate messages target Lexie, and the community is engulfed by fear. 

Is Bella’s disappearance connected to the angry protests at Parliament House? What secrets are
the parents hiding? And why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge-room?

What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella?

The clock is ticking…
This gripping novel will keep you guessing to the very last twist.