Amanda Ortlepp


Running Against the Tide

by Amanda Ortlepp

The past will always find you.

Erin Travers is running away from her life and taking her two sons with her to a small town on the ruggedly beautiful Eyre Peninsula. The close-knit township is full of happy childhood memories for Erin, but she’s bringing a whole lot of baggage with her.

When the peaceful community is disrupted by theft and arson, rumours fly about who is responsible. In a small town where lives are tangled too closely together, old grudges flare, fingers are pointed and secrets are unmasked.

From the bestselling author of Claiming Noah, Running Against the Tide is brimming with malice and threat, and cements Amanda Ortlepp’s position as one of Australia’s most compelling storytellers.

Praise for Claiming Noah: ‘Emotions run high… A gripping, emotionally charged story’ Herald Sun

‘A thrilling and morally fascinating read’ Good Reading

2016-06-24-claiming-noah-hb-cvr-200w A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love. Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously. Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available.

After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby’s, she’s admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm. Meanwhile, Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah.
But when he is two months old Noah is abducted… and Diana and Liam’s nightmare begins.

Where is Noah?

Here’s part of a recent review:

CLAIMING NOAH   Author: Amanda Ortlepp   Simon & Schuster   RRP $29.99   Review: Monique Mulligan

Complex and thought-provoking, Claiming Noah is one of those books that invites opinions and discussions. In this case, the moral, legal and ethical aspects of embryo adoption come under the microscope as two mothers stake their claim on one little boy.  Who has the most right? Bet you already have an initial opinion!

Claiming Noah starts with the emotional rollercoaster of infertility, with Catriona and James embarking on an IVF program, hoping that one of their four embryos will take. The program is gruelling and, when Catriona falls pregnant on the third attempt, the couple decides to donate their remaining embryo. Going through it all again would be too much, they feel. For Diana and Liam, it’s an answer to prayer. Despite opposition arising from Diana’s Catholic upbringing, the couple chooses embryo adoption so Diana can carry a child in her womb. The two couples give birth a month apart.

The joy of motherhood eludes Catriona, who is unable to bond with Sebastian due to severe postnatal depression. After her illness develops into postpartum psychosis (or puerperal psychosis), she’s admitted into psychiatric care; eventually she returns home, determined to bond with her son. Meanwhile, Diana is loving motherhood, but when Noah is abducted at two months old, her world comes crashing down. When Noah is found two years on, the battle is on as both mothers fight to claim him as their own.