After the Smoke Clears

Kylie Kaden

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Published: 02/05/2023
ISBN: 978-0-6454985-9-2
Genre: Crime Fiction
RRP: $32.99

After the Smoke Clears

Kylie Kaden

From the best-selling author of One of Us and The Day the Lies Began comes an emotional and gripping story of a man running from his past and the woman who wants his future.

Her family offered her a neat life of privilege and power, until Lotti turned away from her father’s plans – and toward what she really wanted. Now happy as a primary school teacher, Lotti may even have found the right man, a single dad, not the kind of guy who will fit in with her family, but who nonetheless feels like home.

But Lotti isn’t the only one running from her past. August’s strong silent demeanour may be part of his attraction, but as they get closer, his inability to talk about his past begins to interfere with their future.

When August receives a cryptic text message that prompts an immediate departure, Lotti and Augie’s six-year-old son Otto follow him to his small hometown where decades of lies begin to unravel. When details of a shocking crime emerge, Lotti will have to decide if she trusts the man August has become more than she fears the man he once was.

Praise for Kylie Kaden’s previous works:

‘An utterly addictive read, One of Us was full of intrigue and mystery with captivating characters and one twist after another that I never saw coming! Loved every moment.’ NICOLA MORIARTY

‘Kylie Kaden has hit her stride.’ BETTER READING



Kylie Kaden

Kylie Kaden

Kylie Kaden

Kylie Kaden has an honours degree in psychology, was a columnist at My Child Magazine, and now works in the disability sector.

She knew writing was in her blood from a young age when she snuck onto her brother’s Commodore 64 to invent stories as a child. Raised in Queensland, she spent holidays camping with her family on the Sunshine Coast.

With a surfer-lawyer for a husband and three spirited sons, Kylie can typically be found venting the day’s thoughts on her laptop, sometimes in the laundry so she can’t be found.

Kylie is the author of Losing Kate (2014), Missing You (2015), The Day the Lies Began (2019), and One of Us (2022).


Photo credit: Malo Photography

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