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Author: Kate Morton
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 04/04/2023
Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
ISBN: 9781760630485

‘An epic novel . . . This is one to devour on holiday’ – Prima

From the bestselling author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate Morton, comes a breathtaking mystery of love, lies and a cold case come back to life, told with her trademark intricacy and beauty.

Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959.

At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek in the grounds of a grand and mysterious mansion, a local delivery man makes a terrible discovery. A police investigation is called and the small town of Tambilla becomes embroiled in one of the most shocking and perplexing murder cases in the history of South Australia.

Sixty years later, Jess is a journalist in search of a story. Having lived and worked in London for almost twenty years, she now finds herself laid off from her full-time job and struggling to make ends meet. A phone call out of nowhere summons her back to Sydney, where her beloved grandmother, Nora, who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and been raced to the hospital.

At a loose end in Nora’s house, Jess does some digging into her past. In Nora’s bedroom, she discovers a true crime book, chronicling the police investigation into a long-buried tragedy: the Turner Family Tragedy of Christmas Eve, 1959. It is only when Jess skims through the book that she finds a shocking connection between her own family and this once-infamous crime – a crime that has never been truly solved. And for a journalist without a story, a cold case might be the best distraction she can find . . .

An epic novel that spans generations, Homecoming asks what we would do for those we love, and how we protect the lies we tell. It explores the power of motherhood, the corrosive effects of tightly held secrets, and the healing nature of truth.

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm

1 review for Homecoming

  1. Sue Reid, Read by Reid

    Set in quintessential, rural Australia in 1959, Homecoming is pure layers of mystery to be unravelled – a classic ‘whodunnit’ style that is synonymous with Kate Morton novels.

    An epic tale, spanning 59 years of time, Homecoming will captivate you with tension and wonder as you peel back the layers of ‘what really did happen that Christmas Eve in 1959’.

    In the Adelaide hills town of Tambilla, there is a buzz of excitement as Christmas preparations are well underway. Children fractious with the humidity and heat, irritated as they comply with parental requests; food prepared and delivered and families fast-tracking to gather with loved ones. But by day’s end Percy Summers, returning to town with his horse in need of cooling down beside Halcyon waterhole finds the Turner children and their mother very still, laying on their picnic rugs…’as if they’re sleeping’.

    2018, London, Jess Turner receives a phone call that draws her back to Sydney to be at her beloved Grandmother’s hospital bedside. In her ailing ramblings, Jess hears the clues to decades of secrets, but can Jess pull the pieces together within the diminishing time?

    Morton delivers her signature mysterious style set in and around the historic homestead, intersecting past and present. The voluminous novel will satisfy the voracious reader.

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