The Madison Gap

Book Author Patricia Donovan
Rights Available World

You think you know someone. You accept that because you are siblings, raised in the same house in the same town by the same parents, you share a common view of the world, live by an identical set of values. But what if you are wrong?

In Sydney, 2017, in the laid-back suburb of Glebe, Lexi Madison is living her ideal life with her husband Conor. When her older sister Chrissy comes to stay, Lexi’s world starts to unravel as dark family secrets are revealed, and she learns how insidiously truth can be perverted, and that exposing those secrets can drive a person to the brink of murder.

The Madison Gap is a mesmerising and ultimately explosive story of a woman’s awakening. In crisp, stirring prose, Patricia Donovan evokes the angst of family discordance and as we follow Lexi Madison’s search for understanding, captures exquisitely the disquiet and uncertainty that comes when dreams are challenged by reality.

About the Author

Patricia Donovan grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, and graduated from the University of Canterbury with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. After graduation she worked in corporate communications in Australia and New Zealand and is the author of a best practice guide to the profession. She is currently working on her fourth novel.


Mary Egan Publishing


C format



Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date
August 2021

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A compelling story … people should go out and find it in any way they can.

Robert Kelly, Radio NZ

A thought-provoking, tension-filled contemporary novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

NZ Book Lovers

A brilliant read with sharp characters, an elegantly constructed narrative … this has Nicole Kidman mini-series written all over it

Woman Magazine

A diverting domestic thriller; one that reads best when examining issues of sociopathy and sibling rivalry.

Kete Books

It’s tautly paced and succinctly written, and Donovan cranks the pressure up nicely …

The Listener

It’s fabulous, a really good read. I loved it.

Catherine Scullin, Beach FM