Thornwood House

Thornwood House


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.

Praise for Thornwood House

‘a swiftly paced mystery that keeps tension high and the plot twisting until the end’ Who Weekly

‘This gripping debut novel about love, family secrets and murder will have you hooked from the opening pages to its gripping conclusion’ New Idea

‘A haunting rural gothic tale, from a stunning, singular new talent in Australian fiction’ Independent Booksellers Spring Reading Guide
  • Simon & Schuster Australia | 
  • 496 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781925456257 | 
  • September 2016
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AU$ 9.99
NZ$ 9.99

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About the Author

Anna Romer

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Anna Romer was born in Australia to a family of booklovers. She led a nomadic life for many years, travelling around Europe and Britain in an ancient Kombi van where she discovered a passion for history.

These days she lives in a little old cottage surrounded by bushland, writing stories about dark family secrets, rambling houses, characters haunted by the past, and settings that feature the uniquely beautiful Australian landscape. Anna’s debut bestselling novel was Thornwood House, followed by Lyrebird Hill and Beyond the Orchard. She is currently writing her fourth book.