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Thornwood House - Anna Romer

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When you’re all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them?

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 Two 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.

An enthralling, haunting tale of obsession, love and courage

About the Author

Anna Romer spent her wayward youth travelling the globe, working as a graphic artist while she soaked up local histories and folklore from the Australian outback, then Asia, Europe, and America. On returning home to Australia, she began weaving stories of her own and was quickly hooked. A visit to her sister in north Queensland inspired her first novel, Thornwood House, a story that reflects her fascination with old diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, the persistence of the past, and our unique Australian landscape.

Anna lives on a remote bush property, where she’s working on her next novel.

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    4.0

    An Excellent Read

    By Baguette

    from Sydney

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    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Thornwood House:

      A really lovely story that covers a few generations. I did get a little frustrated with the main character when she was investigating the past and how it had affected her partner, mainly due to the fact that she would keep a lot of her findings to herself, when it is hard to believe she would not have imparted some of her findings to those that would have been able to add information. All in all, it did get me in, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and looked forward to picking up the book every day.

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      5.0

      Couldn't put this book down

      By Suzie

      from Brisbane

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          One of the best books I have ever read!!

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          5.0

          couldn't put down

          By Gertie

          from Country Victoria

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            easy to use online ordering

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            5.0

            Can't wait to read her next book

            By JoJo

            from Sydney, Australia

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                Well developed characters and story line. Just couldn't put it down.

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                4.0

                Fantastic read

                By PP

                from Melbourne, AU

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                • Well Written

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                  Comments about Thornwood House:

                  The twists and turns in the storyline and the amazing property on which the story is set made this a fantastic book to read, enjoyed every page.

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                  5.0

                  Brilliant New Australian Author

                  By Sarah R

                  from Queensland

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Edge Of Your Seat
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Informative
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Vivid Descriptions
                  • Well Written

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                    Comments about Thornwood House:

                    I love anything written in Australia, especially if it's set somewhere I know or have been. And any book that goes back in time via old letters and diaries is high on my list to read. Each chapter of Thornwood House transported me to another time, and was jam packed with surprises, skeletons in family closets, and a cast of both lovable and wicked characters.

                    There's a little bit of everything in this novel. Love, mystery, murder, war and history. I got teary in places, and laughed in others. And I love a novel which is fiction but includes real facts so I get to learn things I didn't know before.

                    Delving into the personal lives of people through their diaries and letters always makes me sad, especially when the person is no longer here and stories and secrets unfold that they were never to know. Thornwood House completely hooked me in, with the chapters alternating between past and present. The historical sections were extremely well researched, and gave this novel a real life feel. It's an awesome mix to fold up in one novel and the best thing is, it's all set in Australia.

                    I can see why it's been called a gothic thriller. The author's vivid descriptions of the Australian landscape, and of the dangers and creepiness of the Australian bush (especially at night!) are chilling. The author deeply explores her characters, who are not your usual run of the mill, a real mix which made the story all the more interesting. You get the feeling something's brewing, but you're never really sure what it is, or who you can trust!

                    I love this author. I love her writing style. You can tell she's passionate about Australian flora and fauna. Her descriptions make you feel you are actually there with everything going on around you. I could easily visualise the old house and felt as though I knew it, and now I want antique furniture!

                    Thornwood House keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through. It's a book that lingers with you long after you've finished, a book you can't stop reading but don't want to end. I can't wait for Anna's next novel, this one goes on my list of best books ever! Put it on your reading list, you won't regret it. It's one I'll be recommending for years to come! I know there are great things ahead for this author!

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                    5.0

                    Breathtakingly beautiful

                    By Jenn J McLeod

                    from Coffs Harbour, AU

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Read
                    • Engaging characters
                    • Informative
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                        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.

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                        ISBN: 9781922052384
                        ISBN-10: 1922052388
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Published: 1st September 2013
                        Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
                        Weight (kg): 0.53