'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.'

News & events

Six Minutes is long-listed for the 2020 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards and the Sisters-in-Crime Davitt Awards.

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Reviews of Six Minutes

'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


'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

'Six Minutes is a lesson for the digital age. Judge not lest ye be judged. And in the age of social media, judgement is the one thing that we can never outrun.' The Newtown Review of Books 

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