Rating: 5 out of 5.

Port Brighton hates outsiders. The small coastal town has its own ways of dealing with the evil, the foolish, the misled, and it holds tightly to them. But the seams start to split after two deaths occur on the same tragic night: a baby abandoned at the foot of a lighthouse, and a drunken teenager drowned in the storming sea. 

Livvy is an insider. She keeps a watchful eye on what’s happening in town while looking out for her troubled older brother. What has broken inside him – and why? 

Marie is an outsider. She’s escaped Port Brighton and started a new life, but she can’t forget the night at the lighthouse – it changed her family forever. 

As gossip fuels rumours and tensions erode trust, the bonds that keep Port Brighton together begin to fray, threatening to expose the truth about more than just the two deaths … 

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Duffy’s Thoughts on When One Of Us Hurts

WOW. I can’t believe When One Of Us Hurts is Monica’s first novel. It is nuanced and sensitive and every character draws you in. I was hooked from the first page til the last and really had no idea of the reveal until the end. A classy dark small-town thriller that shines a light into the darkest corners of small-town life.

A must-read if you love Mark Brandi, Candice Fox or Louise Candlish

About the Author

Monica Vuu was born in Langley, British Columbia. She has a background in Cognitive Systems. After graduating she worked with Emirates airlines and lived in Dubai for a couple of years, where she met her Australian partner, who managed to convince her to make the big move to Tasmania in 2019. When One of Us Hurts is her first novel and was inspired by the remoteness of rural Tasmania.