The stunning debut novel from Joy Dettman, the highly acclaimed author of
Ann Burton was born on a river bank the night her father tried to burn their house down. Six years later, her sister, Liza, disappears while they are staying at their uncle's property. What Ann sees that day robs her of her memory and her speech.
Ann escapes her anguished childhood, finding love and a new life away from Mallawindy. But there is no escape from the Burton family and its dark secrets. Ann must return to Mallawindy and confront the past if she is ever to be free.
"A compelling story, well told..... it holds promise of further fiction from its author." (
"A stunning debut; a rich and engrossing read; a tale of page turning suspense and mystery; a postmortem of family ties; all this and Mallawindy will grab you hook, line and sinker." ( Queensland Times)
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