Nelika McDonald is the author of The Vale Girl (Pan Macmillan, 2013) and Deeper than the Sea (Pan Macmillan, 2017).

Deeper than the Sea

Pan Macmillan, 2017

It's always been just Beth and her mother Theo. Until Beth is sixteen years old, and a stranger arrives in their small coastal town - a stranger with a claim that rips apart all Beth knows.

What do you do when everything you thought you knew about yourself is based on a lie?

In a deeply affecting story that challenges our notions of maternal love, Nelika McDonald examines the myriad ways that love is forged and tempered over years and how fiercely it is defended. 

Review: Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2017

The Vale Girl

Pan Macmillan, 2013

Fifteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville. She's the daughter of the town prostitute so no one seems particularly concerned. 

No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy. He galvanises the town's policeman Sergeant Henson and, together, they turn the town inside out, searching for the lost girl.

A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new writer.

Interview: ABC Radio National, July 25, 2013