An enthralling, haunting tale of obsession, love and courage.
When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start.
In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.
But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive.
And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in the 1940s among the harsh, beautiful Australian bush, Anna Romer’s enthralling, gothic debut is a study in love and obsession. Audrey’s fascination with her recently inherited Queensland homestead puts her daughter at risk as she unwittingly exposes a killer. Eloise Oxer’s dynamic narration brings the large cast of characters to life, as she guides listeners through this gripping mystery that spans four generations. We loved the use of letters and diary excerpts to paint a vivid picture of romance and tragedy during the war.