05 February, 2024

Homecoming by Kate Morton - [Book review]

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Here comes the first review of the year 2024. Happy new Year!

Book Details:

Title: Homecoming

Author: Kate Morton

Genre: Mystery, thriller, fiction

Publisher: Mariner Books

Print length: 547 pages

Source: A copy from local library


Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959: At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek on the grounds of the 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.

Nora has always been a vibrant and strong presence: decisive, encouraging, young despite her years. When Jess visits her in the hospital, she is alarmed to find her grandmother frail and confused. It’s even more alarming to hear from Nora's housekeeper that Nora had been distracted in the weeks before her accident and had fallen on the steps to the attic—the one place Jess was forbidden from playing in when she was small.

At loose ends in Nora's house, Jess does some digging of her own. 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 resolved satisfactorily. 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. Above all, it is a beguiling and immensely satisfying novel from one of the finest writers working today.

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My Review:

This book starts with 2 parallel stories of different periods in Australia and then connects them cleverly. 
Isabel Turner plans a picnic to celebrate Christmas eve with her kids John, Matilda, Evie and the new born baby Thea. Unfortunately, they all show up dead by the pond. 

While police investigate and interview multiple people, they realize it might be due to poisoning, but they cannot find even a single evidence for it. Baby Thea disappears and her remains are found after 1 yr. 

Jess, a journalist in London, travels to her home town to visit her grandmother Nora after getting a phone call about her sickness. Jess tries to find out the reason which made Nora anxious before her fall. She gets to know from the housekeeper and others that she has been worried about something lately after receiving a letter from someone.

How Nora and Isabel are connected? What did Jess find out about her family history and an incident that changed Nora's life is the remaining story.

What is great?

The narrative is wonderful. It's immersive. The way the author reveals the secrets of each character is amazing. 

It's definitely a perfect thriller. Not like an on the edge thriller where incidents happen fast, but a slow burning thriller with unexpected events unfolding very nicely at the right time.

I enjoyed reading this book and it deserves all 5 stars.

My Rating: 5/5

About the Author:

KATE MORTON is an award-winning, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author. Her seven novels - The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, The Clockmaker's Daughter, and Homecoming - are published in over 45 countries, in 38 languages, and have all been number one bestsellers around the world.

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