In the tradition of the acclaimed Red Dust, Where the River Runs is a brilliantly told rural story of long-held family secrets by an author at the forefront of rural fiction, Fleur McDonald.
'Fleur McDonald is a formidable talent in the field of Australian rural fiction ... Without fail, I encounter stories from McDonald that are rich, real and deeply authentic.' Mrs B's Book Reviews
Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family's property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.
Yet here she was, back in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who'd shouted down the phone ten years ago never to come home again.
With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.
'Highly recommended ... drama, mystery, family, friendship and forgiveness - this delightful cast of characters delivers a cracking story from start to finish.' Theresa Smith Writes
Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she became a jillaroo before spending twenty years farming 8000 acres, east of Esperance, WA.
Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She is the best-selling author of Red Dust, Blue Skies, Purple Roads, Silver Clouds and Crimson Dawn, Emerald Springs, Indigo Storm, Sapphire Falls, The Missing Pieces of Us and Suddenly One Summer, as well as the ebook exclusives If You Were Here and A Farmer's Choice. Fool's Gold, her most recent bestselling novel, begins the story of the popular Detective Dave Burrows.
Fleur currently lives in Esperance with her two children, an energetic kelpie and a Jack Russell terrier.
Longlisted Best Crime Fiction, Davitt Awards 2019 AU
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - B format