In February 2005, German backpacker Simone Strobel went missing in Lismore, New South Wales. Six days later her naked body was discovered, crudely hidden beneath a palm tree. Writer Virginia Peters was captivated by the case, and committed herself to uncovering the truth.
“To say Have You Seen Simone? is compelling somehow seems inadequate: from the first page Virginia Peters gripped me with her clear and reasoned account of a mystery that rapidly developed into a shocking crime. There’s a great beating heart at the centre of this story, which explores the nature and meaning of family relationships as much as it does the crime that inspired it.” – Debra Adelaide
“Why are we so drawn to tales of death? And why is Peters drawn to Simone as a subject? In that respect the book has much in common with Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation – we learn as much about the writer, and the writing process, as we do about the suspects and the court procedures.” – Brigid Mullane