Anna ROMER / THORNWOOD HOUSE [ Audiobook ]

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller fleabay_wa (6,899) 99.7%, Location: Gosnells, WA, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 113422302726 Complete & Unabridged Duration: 16.5 Hours Format: MP3 CD Performed By: Eloise Oxer An enthralling, haunting tale of obsession, love, and courage.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 II 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.And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again. AMAZON REVIEWS An amazing debut!Any story about an old house is high on my reading list! 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! I am so captivated by the setting and the sensory journey Anna's story took me on that I am heading to QLD to visit the town that apparently inspired the story. This story is so much more than the back cover blurb. the complexity of the tale that transcends decades will have you guessing all the way to the end. The authors's voice, her characters, her storytelling is fresh and exciting. I loved the first person POV and the clever way the author utilised different storytelling techniques to tell the story. This is an award-winner for sure. I cannot wait for book two.FANTASTIC - such mystery and picturesque detailingAnother fantastic Australian rural romance that is a must read. I loved Thornwood House immensely. There was mystery, which I’m not too fond of during my romances, but Thornwood House was just captivating. Anna Romer has a way of drawing the reader into the lives of her characters and to keep them guessing. My goodness, this was intriguing.Set in 2006 - Audrey Kepler has never married and at age 30, her prospects don’t look too good. She is a single mother to Bronwyn, aged 11 and Bronwyn’s father, Tony Jarman married another woman. They had always had a complicated and intense relationship, Audrey always thought she loved him, but now that he’s gone, she can’t be certain.Audrey has inherited an old Queenslander house that hasn’t been lived in for years. The decision to move with her daughter to a new town and home wasn’t an easy decision, but in the end, what did they have to lose. Arriving at the house, Bron and Audrey had their work cut out for them with all the cleaning and disorder. Happy with the results though, Audrey goes exploring and in the back room finds what must have been Tony’s grandfathers, Samuel. All of his belongings were still within, including an old photograph that piques her interest.There are rumours around town that Samuel is accused of murdering a woman back in the 1940’s and more reports of another death on the property. How can so much death accompany such a beautiful picturesque piece of Australia? Bron finds an old diary hidden away that may hold some clues.Audrey and Bron quickly make friends within town, especially those that were childhood friends to Tony. Corey and Danny Weingarten are siblings that were his best friends back then and now have taken a shine to the newcomers.Australian gothicAn Australian gothic novel, Thornwood House is a haunting story of mystery and murder spanning four generations.When Audrey Kepler inherits a neglected homestead in rural Queensland she decides to make it a home for herself and her eleven year old daughter. The childhood home of her daughter's late father, Anna is surprised to discover Thornwood House harbours a tragic history. In 1946, Tony's grandmother, Aylish was murdered in the grounds, a crime his grandfather, Samuel, was accused of committing. Two generations later, Tony's teenage sister Glenda died in the same clearing, though her death was ruled accidental. Plagued by vivid dreams, Audrey develops an obsession with the deaths and as she digs into the past uncovers secrets that may threaten any future happiness.What particularly impressed me about Thornwood House was Romer's vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape, the contradictions of the bush, its dangers and its beauty, nurtures the haunting atmosphere of the story. I could easily visualise Thornwood House, and the other locations important to the story. Overall, I thought the writing to be expressive and evocative.I think the mystery of Aylish and Glenda's deaths were well plotted, the author offers deft misdirection and clever twists, at least one I didn't see coming at all. Though Audrey is the primary narrator, Aylish and Glenda find a voice through letters, diary entries and dream visions.Sadly I have to admit that I grew somewhat impatient with Audrey, I have never been a great fan of the gothic heroine despite finding the other elements of the genre appealing. Condition: Like new, Format: MP3, Subject: Fiction & Literature, Language: English, Length: Unabridged

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