Jackie French's writing career spans 14 years, 39 wombats, 116 books, 19 languages, 8 genres, 3,721 bush rats, over 40 awards in Australia and overseas, 6 possibly insane lyrebirds, assorted 'Burke's Backyard' segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns, theories of pest and weed ecology and 27 shredded back doormats. The doormats are the victims of the wombats who require constant appeasement in the form of carrots, rolled oats and wombat nuts, which is one of the reasons for her prolific output: it pays the carrot bills.
She has been banished from the city to a remote area and a murdered girl lands on her doorstep - Danielle has always been 'linked' to others so when her links were cut and she was banished from the city it was a shock in more ways than one. She no longer had fast access to information, food, friends - anything.
Now she will fend for herself and she is notorious for having been part of an experimental type of linking with 3 others. They are either dead or dead to Danielle anyway.
Then, soon after moving in, an injured young girl turns up on her doorstep- the girl soon dies and Danielle cannot let go of the mystery of her death. With Neil, who lives in a neighbouring commune, she begins to make enquiries at places all over the countryside and starts suspecting that someone is making illegal modifications to humans - could it be that vampirism is becoming a trait in some humans from this illegal activity.
And, if so, how far has it gone - can Danielle find the source before they are all dead. An exciting, fast-paced read from one of Australia's premier storytellers for young adults.