The morning after the Edevane's exclusive Midsummer Eve party in Cornwall in 1933, their youngest child, Theo, is nowhere to be found. After months of futile searching, the family pack up and leave their beautiful country home, never to return. Until, in 2003, a young female police officer stumbles into the lost gardens surrounding the abandoned house and determines to find out what happened.
June 1933, and the Edevane family's country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. But by the time midnight strikes and the fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.
Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Detective Sadie Sparrow retreats on an enforced holiday to her beloved grandfather's cottage in Cornwall. Venturing further into the countryside on her daily runs, she stumbles upon a long-abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the terrible story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.
Meanwhile, the formidable Alice Edevane now leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until Sadie Sparrow starts asking questions about Alice's family's past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape . . .
With a mystery that's become deeply personal to Sadie, and a novelist who is intent on hiding the past, can the secrets of that night ever be solved?
KATE MORTON grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature, specialising in nineteenth-century tragedy and contemporary gothic novels. Kate Morton has sold over 10 million copies in 33 languages, across 40 countries. The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper and The Lake Househave all been number one bestsellers around the world.
You can find more information about Kate Morton and her books at katemorton.com or on her Facebook and Instagram sites by searching for KateMortonAuthor.
Long-listed Indie Book of the Year - Fiction 2016 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - B format