The Last Time We Spoke
On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt more like home. But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and more on their minds the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically different direction.
As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and bereavement of different kinds, and Ben faces the consequences in prison, their stories continue to interweave.
Winner 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards.
'A gripping story about grief and redemption' Sunday Mirror
'Well-crafted...fascinating' Cape Times
'This really is a remarkable book, I cannot praise it enough. It touched something deep inside me ... The author is a new citizen of this country, and yet she has such insight and compassion into such a big issue ... Read this, be humbled and see how we can all make a difference.' --Kiwi Flora Reads
Growing up in a publisher's home in South Africa, Fiona fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice. Fiona now lives in New Zealand.