On Christmas Eve of 1959, a delivery man in search of water for his horse makes a horrifying discovery. On the banks of the local river, a mother and her children lie dead. Panicked, he runs for help, and only later realizes that the baby is missing. Sixty years later, London journalist Jess is adrift and between jobs when she learns that her beloved grandmother is seriously ill. Returning home to Australia and the house she grew up in, she discovers a letter about the deaths and begins to investigate. Jess and her grandmother Nora are wonderful characters, and the Australian setting is so vivid that it feels like a character in its own right. A compelling, twisty mystery makes this a page turner that’s impossible to put down.


Try it if you liked: Exiles by Jane Harper, When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain, Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.  

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