A thrilling tale about family secrets and trusting yourself
Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life – a loving boyfriend, a fulfilling career – but in one terrible moment, her life unravels. The discovery that the death of her sister, Jamie, was not an accident makes her question all she’s known about herself and her past.
Travelling back home to Lyrebird Hill, Ruby begins to remember the year that has been forever blocked in her memory . . . Snatches of her childhood with beautiful Jamie, and Ruby’s only friendship with the boy from the next property, a troubled foster kid.
Then Ruby uncovers a cache of ancient letters from a long-lost relative, Brenna Magavin, written from her cell in a Tasmanian gaol where she is imprisoned for murder. As she reads, Ruby discovers that her family line is littered with tragedy and violence.
Slowly, the gaps in Ruby’s memory come to her. And as she pieces together the shards of truth, what she finally discovers will shock her to the core – about what happened to Jamie that fateful day, and how she died.
What readers are saying about Lyrebird Hill
“A real page turner by one of our favourite authors.”
“Lyrebird Hill is a breathtaking novel, a stunningly beautiful tale with tragic secrets which were shattered like glass. Aussie author Anna Romer paints the most amazing word pictures – the blending of the two stories told by both Brenna from 1898 and Ruby in 2013 was done with ease. I found myself holding my breath and on the edge of my seat at times; the mystery and intrigue is gripping and intense. I absolutely loved this book.”
“After my visit to Australia and especially the Armidale area, reading this book was even more special. I enjoyed going back there -“back”, because Anna puts you right in the middle of it. The sounds, smells, emotions she describes are right there in me, and that’s why I love her stories so much – plus her beautiful language.”
“Right from the start the descriptions, which are so quintessentially Australian, draw you in and transport you to Ruby and Brenna’s world. I found I wasn’t reading a book, I was living in the character’s world. This isn’t a feel good novel, it is filled with pain, heartbreak, betrayal and hopelessness. Offsetting this is the beauty of the bush in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales and Tasmania which Anna paints in your mind through her wonderfully detailed descriptions.”
“This narrative is a multi-faceted story of love, revenge, family secrets and murder that offers the reader two parallel stories that are slowly revealed in alternating chapters. The writing is lush and the settings leap out from the page in three dimensional glory. You can hear the bush come alive, you can see the vibrant colours of the flora and fauna, …this is mesmerising, evocative reading. There is so much to enjoy in this book it begs reading a second time to absorb more of the atmosphere and subtle details.”
Carol, Reading Writing and Riesling Goodreads
“I have fallen in love all over again with Anna Romer’s exquisite writing. Lyrebird Hill takes the reader on a breathless journey, where the Australian landscape is described in such a way that it literally springs to life off the pages , aided by Romer’s seamless prose. There is so much that I adore about Romer’s books, I love how she effortlessly combines the elements of family secrets, old buried letters, love and tragedy wrapped up in a dual style narrative.”
Amanda – Mrs B’s Book Reviews
“Lyrebird Hill keeps you on the edge of your seat page after page. A stunningly beautiful tale with tragic secrets – past and present. Romer slowly lays out all the puzzle pieces and begins to assemble them, piece by piece, with the final placement ever so magical. A story steeped in sensational revelations, we waited with bated breath for the concluding downpour of truth. It’s a story to keep you thinking long after the final page is turned. Australia should be excited! Lyrebird Hill cements Romer’s reputation at the forefront of Australian fiction.”
Helen, Lisa & Amanda – Great Reads and Tea Leaves