Matthew Ryan Davies: Things We Bury

Three siblings discover the cost of unspoken truths when old wounds and long-buried family secrets are finally dragged to the surface in Things We Bury by Matthew Ryan Davies.

Three siblings, reunited in their home town, are struggling to deal with the fallout of a car crash that almost killed their father. This, on top of everything else life is throwing at them.

Josh is trying to save his marriage and hard-won TV career in the wake of a painfully public sexual harassment scandal. But is he really as innocent as he says?

Jac, perennially single, is getting married – unbeknownst to her family. But will the private war she’s been waging since leaving the town sabotage this relationship, too?

Dane, ever honest and dependable, is running the family business while their father is in hospital. But not everything is aboveboard. Can he look the other way for his dad’s sake?

A mysterious list of names. Long-buried family secrets. Old, festering wounds. What will happen when everything buried is dragged to the surface?

“Things We Bury had me in the first chapter! So compelling, so well written, so damn clever. It is that book that will have you saying “just one more chapter” until it’s finished. I am already desperate for his next book.” – Sally Hepworth, The Younger Wife

Matthew Ryan Davies is a freelance copywriter and editor, mostly for the healthcare sector. He ghostwrites non-fiction books, edits university textbooks for medical and nursing students, and writes scripts for educational videos and documentaries.

In 2019 and 2020 he worked with the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System to deliver its interim and final reports. Matthew is also the author of the young adult novel This Thing of Darkness, which was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Things We Bury is his debut adult novel. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two grown children. Find out more about Matthew and his work at

Things We Bury is published by Pan Macmillan Australia and available from all leading book retailers including Booktopia.

Image: Things We Bury – courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia