Together We Read: Remember Me by Charity Norman

We are very excited and thrilled to announce a very special treat for book lovers. As part of the national #TogetherWeRead promotion, during the period 27th September to the 11th of October, Wellington City Libraries will be offering unlimited download eBook and eAudiobooks copies of Charity Norman’s compulsive read Remember Me.

No waitlists. No holds. And totally free! We want to make this the biggest read in Aotearoa’s history and get as many people as possible to read this novel.

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Together We Read: To The Sea

We are thrilled and very excited to announce a very special treat for book lovers. As part of the national  #TogetherWeRead promotion during the period 13-27 October, Wellington City Libraries will be offering unlimited download eBook copies of Nikki Crutchley’s fabulous thriller To The Sea.

No waitlists. No holds. And totally free.

We want to make this the biggest read in Aotearoa’s history and get as many people as possible to read this chilling, thrilling and absolutely wonderful modern New Zealand classic.

About To The Sea

Since To The Sea was first published in 2021, local and international readers have been spellbound and captivated by the book, propelling this dark and atmospheric page turner to the top of the bestseller and popularity charts. The book takes place in a remote location on the New Zealand coastline, with a family holding long hidden secrets that threaten to emerge when a stranger enters their world. This twisty gothic novel has even drawn comparisons with the work of Daphne du Maurier!

All you will need to access your own digital copy of To The Sea is a valid Wellington City Libraries membership. To The Sea will be available from our eBook platform Libby, and our Overdrive app. You can borrow the eBook here. You can also join the discussion about the book at

Online Q&A

There is also the opportunity to join a live national Q&A session with Nikki herself, answering your questions about To The Sea and her writing process. The online Q&A will take place on October 13th, 7pm NZDT. Register your interest to receive a link to the talk here.

Exclusive Wellington City Libraries interview

As the icing on the top of the cake, Nikki Crutchley herself very kindly did a very special pre-recorded interview especially for Wellington City Libraries, talking about to us about To The Sea, her writing processes and even giving us a sneak insight into her brand-new book In Her Blood (due out in December). It is a fabulous and entertaining insight, and you can watch it below or visiting our YouTube channel.

So why not join Wellington City Libraries and the rest of Aotearoa and read one of the country’s most talked about novels of recent years?

Overdrive cover To the Sea, Nikki Crutchley (ebook)
 “A compulsively readable suspense thriller from Ngaio Marsh Award shortlisted author, Nikki Crutchley, which will keep you guessing and reading up until late into the night. Iluka has been the only home that 18-year-old Ana has ever known. The beautiful wild pine plantation overlooking the Pacific Ocean where her grandfather builds furniture, her aunt runs an artists’ retreat and her uncle tends the land, is paradise, a private idyll safe from the outside world. But the place holds a violent secret and when a stranger arrives, Ana will need to make a choice: to protect everything – and everyone – she holds dear or tell the truth and destroy it all.” (Overdrive description)

Nothing bad happens here / Crutchley, Nikki
“The body of missing tourist Bethany Haliwell is found in the small Coromandel town of Castle Bay, where nothing bad ever happens. News crews and journalists from all over the country descend on the small seaside town as old secrets are dragged up and gossip is taken as gospel.Among them is Miller Hatcher, a journalist battling her own demons, who arrives intent on gaining a promotion by covering the grisly murder.Following an anonymous tip, Miller begins to unravel the mystery of the small town. And when another woman goes missing, Miller finds herself getting closer to the truth. But at what cost?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

No one can hear you / Crutchley, Nikki
“Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars. Zoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The murder club / Crutchley, Nikki
“When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck. Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye. Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

New Together We Read title: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Wellington City Libraries joins hundreds of public libraries and thousands of readers across New Zealand and Australia in offering the latest Together We Read: AU/NZ digital book club selection, Scrublands by Chris Hammer. From 1-15 September, patrons can enjoy Australian author Chris Hammer’s award-winning crime novel, Scrublands, as an eBook or eAudiobook for free.


Readers can access the digital book with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or by visiting You can also participate in an online discussion with other readers across both countries.

In Scrublands, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself in an isolated country town. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don’t fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can’t ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest’s deadly rampage.

Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town’s secrets stay buried.

Try the opening chapter here. Scrublands is available to lend as an eBook and also as an audiobook from this Wednesday 1 September!