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Homecoming by Kate Morton {book review}

Homecoming by Kate Morton {book review}

I discovered the author Kate Morton a few years ago when I read The Clockmakers Daughter and I’ve never looked back. She is one of my favourite authors and I always look forward to her latest book. Thanks to NetGalley I was able to read an advanced copy of her new book, Homecoming. I finished it in a few days!

Homecoming by Kate Morton {book review}

Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959.

At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek in the grounds of a grand and mysterious mansion, a local delivery man makes a terrible discovery. A police investigation is called and the small town of Tumbilla 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.

At a loose end in Nora’s house, Jess does some digging into her past. 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 truly solved. And for a journalist without a story, a cold case might be the best distraction she can find . . .

What did I think of Homecoming? As a fan of Kate Morton I found Homecoming an easy read. Although I’ve never been separated from family I enjoyed Jess’s journey from London to Sydney, discovering her complicated family relations. As with previous books I felt there were plenty of clues spread throughout the story but I loved the way the plot came together at the end.

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.

Disclosure – I received a digital copy via NetGalley for the purpose of this review. Homecoming is published on the 13th April.


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    Samantha Donnelly
    February 21, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    I have not read anything from this author yet, but have heard of her previously and does sound like the books I love to read

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    Natasha Mairs
    February 21, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    I have heard that this book is really good. will have to put it on my wish list

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    February 22, 2023 at 10:58 am

    That really does sound like an interesting book. I’ve been getting into crime films/series’ on tv lately. I’d love to read a crime novel too.

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    February 22, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    This sounds like a novel that will keep you reading on and on, just to find out what happens next. I’d like to read it as well.

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