Renee Conoulty: Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer

From the bestselling author of Thornwood House

When all that you know comes crashing down, do you run? Or face the truth?

Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life – a loving boyfriend, a fulfilling career – but in one terrible moment, her life unravels. The discovery that the death of her sister, Jamie, was not an accident makes her question all she’s known about herself and her past.

Traveling back home to Lyrebird Hill, Ruby begins to remember the year that has been forever blocked in her memory . . . Snatches of her childhood with beautiful Jamie, and Ruby’s only friendship with the boy from the next property, a troubled foster kid.

Then Ruby uncovers a cache of ancient letters from a long-lost relative, Brenna Magavin, written from her cell in a Tasmanian gaol where she is imprisoned for murder. As she reads, Ruby discovers that her family line is littered with tragedy and violence.

Slowly, the gaps in Ruby’s memory come to her. And as she pieces together the shards of truth, what she finally discovers will shock her to the core – about what happened to Jamie that fateful day, and how she died.

A thrilling tale about family secrets and trusting yourself...

Hey! Here's my review.

This story had me captivated the whole way through. It is a blend of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, family saga, romance, mystery and suspense with a hint of fairytale. I liked both Ruby and her great grandmother Brenna and found both their stories intriguing. I enjoyed watching them unfold and finding for the parallels between them. I loved the Australian bushland setting. This book also raised my awareness of the poor treatment of the Aboriginal people in the 1800's, from calling them savages to all out massacre.

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received free in a giveaway from Bolinda Audio. The narrator, Eloise Oxer, was fabulous and really added to the story. She spoke clearly, at a good pace and was able to portray different characters and emotions well. This was the first book I have read by Anna Romer, but it wont be the last.

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