Aoife Clifford

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All These Perfect Strangers

book | Fiction | Mar 2016
UK & Comm → Simon & Schuster (Ed. Carla Josephson)
'This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It's a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let's just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.'

A fresh start. A new home.
A time to make friends. A chance to hide from her past.
University life offers all these things to Pen.
But her secrets define her. And they may yet kill her...


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All These Perfect Strangers is a novel of disquieting intimacy and controlled suspense, [Aoife] Clifford deftly tightening the screws until we share the narrator's sense of emotional and physical confinement and the unremitting grip of the past.

Garry Disher

With wit and sharp insight, Aoife Clifford delivers a wholly absorbing novel. She illuminates one of the most fraught and exciting periods in a person’s life – the leaving of home and the beginning of university – and deftly reveals all of the on-campus nuances. From the friendships and the nastiness to the attractions and the menace. Set amidst a semester of simmering crime, this beautifully written tale follows the lives of the innocent… and the not-so-innocent.

Anna George, author of What Came Before

All These Perfect Strangers is a wonderful, compelling read that lingers long after the book is closed.

Jane Harper
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Combines the thrill of a great crime read with the poignancy of a coming of age novel … The Secret History meets The Year My Voice Broke.

Angela Savage
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This is a brilliantly claustrophobic take on the unreliable narrator story, with an engaging mystery that unravels as the central character does.

Fiona Hardy
Australian Crime Writers Association

Excellent plotting with intriguing characters.


Clifford’s debut novel is full of strengths: It’s a haunting read, a psychological thriller with loose threads picked at and unravelled chapter by chapter, from past to present, from truth to fiction and back again.


This debut by an Australian author is unputdownable.

Marie Claire

A tension that gradually builds to fever pitch.

The Saturday Paper

Taut, beautifully written and surprisingly sad. I highly recommend it.

Newtown Review of Books

Best book I’ve read this year. Fabulous writing.

Fiona Barton, bestselling author of The Widow

Intrigue, betrayal and murder…Deliciously dark.

T.R. Richmond, author of What She Left

A stunning debut. 

The Sydney Morning Herald

Tense, sparse … the gripping plot challenges and subverts the notion of innocence until the very last page. 


All These Perfect Strangers is a seething conflagration of lies and betrayal that explodes to a shocking conclusion. I couldn't put it down!

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye

A phenomenal debut novel that will make you forget you have other things to do

T.E. Woods
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All These Perfect Strangers is really a perfect blend of storytelling and psychological suspense.

Nichole Christoff, award-winning author of The Kill List
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