An enthralling, haunting tale of obsession, love and courage
When you’re all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them?
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.
What readers are saying about
“A swiftly paced mystery that keeps tension high and the plot twisting until the end.”Who Weekly
“This gripping debut novel about love, family secrets and murder will have you hooked from the opening pages to its gripping conclusion.”New Idea
“A haunting rural gothic tale, from a stunning, singular new talent in Australian fiction.”Independent Booksellers Spring Reading Guide
“Romer resists the temptation to race ahead, allowing the reader to appreciate the hours of research and writing that she’s put into it. I recommend it to any who want to read a novel exploring family history, suspicious circumstances, and the beautiful Australian outback.”The Australian Review
“What a fantastic debut novel – this is a great hybrid narrative – a little Gothic, a little Australiana, a little Picnic at Hanging Rock, a little mystery, murder and a little bit of history and then a slice of romance on the side. The writing is superb, there are descriptions in the novel that made my senses come alive. The beautiful language and descriptions will hold you spellbound. The mystery will enthral you and the romance will inspire.”Carol, Reading Writing and Riesling
“A truly captivating and haunting read, Thornwood House made me dig out one of my favourites, Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier), another gothic tale of obsession, secrets.”Monique, Write Note Reviews
“Anna Romer’s debut novel is a winner from the first line. Full of suspense, intrigue, likeable and interesting characters she takes us on a journey into the past and present that include enough twists and bends to keep you guessing until the very end. The author’s descriptions of the country location the novel is set in are spectacular and I loved the flow of her dialogue.”Karen M. Davis, Author
“This is an amazing debut novel. I read it in two days because it was impossible to put down. I guess that is why it is on the Aussie 50 Books You Can’t Put Down list!”Jenn J McLeod, Author
“I’m a terrible sucker for a gothic story and this Australian-set tale didn’t disappoint. Romer has a distinctive and appealing writing voice,
and the romance in this was subtle but very fulfilling.”Cathryn Hein, Author