Winner of the Theaksons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year, 2008.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2008.
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2006.
Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award, 2007.
Canada, 1867: As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a woman steels herself for the journey of a lifetime.
A man has been brutally murdered, and her 17-year-old son has disappeared. The violence has re-opened old wounds and inflamed deep-running tensions in the frontier township: some want to solve the crime; others seek only to exploit it.
To clear her son's name, she has no choice but to follow the tracks from the dead man's cabin and head north into the forest and the desolate landscape that lies beyond it.
"Combining the very best of murder-mystery plotting and a writing style that evokes with the simplest of words the complexity of a character or a feeling, this is an audiobook to lose yourself in." (Kati Nicholl,
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A poignant tale and a page turner