Fleur McDonald has a wonderful way with telling rural stories in a special way ... A great summer read.' Samstillreading on Suddenly One Summer
Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family's property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.
Yet here she was, back in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who'd shouted down the phone ten years ago never to come home again.
With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.
Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they'll never get that opportunity?
Praise for Fleur McDonald
'Drawing on her own experiences with rural Australia, Fleur has used these skills to weave a moving tale.' Highlife Magazine
'A rural novel of courage, family and survival ... McDonald weaves the varying threads together strongly.' Aussie Reviews
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When a body is found buried in the South Australian outback, it revives old conflicts for residents of the small town of Barker. In Where the River Runs, Fleur McDonald again maps out the day-to-day workings of rural Australia with deep feeling and authenticity as her protagonist, a former concert pianist, returns to the town—and father—she fled a decade ago. Now with a daughter in tow, Chelsea is trying to find her feet again, but the shocking discovery forces longstanding family secrets to the surface. Part of the Detective Dave Burrows series, this is character-driven drama suffused with believable mystery and suspense.