​© Petronella McGovern

'FIVE big shiny stars ! I loved this book...everything from the settings, characters and their intertwined relationships. This one certainly kept me hooked right to the very end.'

Upcoming events

Long-listed for the 2020 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards.

Past events

July 2019 - Sydney - Bathurst - Canberra 

August 2019 - Melbourne 

September 2019 - Narrabeen, Sydney

Bowral - 19 September 2019

Melbourne - 27 September, Domestic noir goes bush, Sisters-in-Crime

Canberra - 11 October, Dickson Library and 12 October, Gungahlin Library

Sydney - November, Glen St Library, Belrose

For upcoming events, please follow Petronella on her Facebook page


'McGovern’s debut novel is a suspenseful suburban thriller that steals your time and won’t give it back ... This is a nail biter ...'  (Readings)

'This had me hooked from page 1. For fans of Aussie drama. Devote 24 hours as soon as it's out!!!' (Goodreads)


'While this is ostensibly a mystery story, with a complex plot and cliff hangers aplenty, it is also a beautifully drawn look at parenting and relationships ... McGovern invites the reader to recognise some of the unnecessary pressures we put on ourselves as parents, as well as the terrible guilt we sometimes carry over things that are outside our control.' (Charming Language)

'McGovern takes every parent's fear – a missing child, and uses it to explore a range of themes – the pressure to keep up appearances, trial by media, relationships, debt, step-parenting, drugs … the list goes on. It's not overwhelming however, just incredibly real.' (Stratford Press, NZ Herald)

'With a compelling cast of characters and a riveting plot, Six Minutes is an engrossing thriller from debut author, Petronella McGovern.' (Book'd Out)