• Thornwood House

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-01-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.3 (2,195 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 II 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.
©2013 Anna Romer (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Nancy F. on 08-08-15

Five Stars With a Caution

My reaction after the first hour of this book: Narrator's voice was irritating and insipid. I was drifting off, probably because of boredom or at least a very slow plot. Wondered if I should return the book for a credit refund.

My reaction after finishing this book: Wow! What a story!! Didn't want it to end. I'm on to Anna Romer's next book immediately and I'm delighted that Eloise Oxer is the narrator.

My caution: Don't give up until you've given this book a chance.

Now to the review. This is a complex story covering 3 generations' stories. The consistent thread is a string of murders, an enchanting family home and property, and the enduring relationships of mothers and daughters. Romer's descriptive talents are almost poetic, bringing the outdoors to life in a way that lets you see, hear and smell what she is describing. She has created intriguing and very human characters that I honestly felt I knew after a few hrs. Oxer is the exactly right narrator for this tale. Close to the end when very pivotal (and dangerous) events were occurring, Oxer's pace picked up with so much tension communicated that I actually could feel my heart racing.

This book wants the listener to have faith that all will become clear, which is to say that not all explanations are immediately forthcoming. I ended up liking that approach very much, feeling an even stronger connection to the story as the explanations were revealed. I recommend this book without reservation -- and just the one caution.

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By Maria on 11-29-14

I absolutely adored this book! One of my faves!!

I just love, love, love stories about old houses, family secrets, mysteries surrounding diaries, and connections between the past and the present. This novel has it all! I almost listened to it straight thru, but stopped myself about 5 hours from the end and began listening to it in half-hour chunks here and there just to make it last longer. This was seriously one of those books that I didn't want to end. If you love Kate Morton or Kimberley Freeman, you absolutely have to listen to Anna Romer. I loved this even more than Lyrebird Hill (and I loved Lyrebird Hill). Eloise Oxer is the perfect narrator, too. One of the things I love most is the author's detail about nature and the animals -- but it's not so much that it distracts or annoys. Plus, her character descriptions and multiple "mini-twists" and mysteries keep the storyline flowing so well. I can't praise this book enough. I very much look forward to the next book by Anna Romer (and I hope it involves a beautiful old house with rambling gardens, secret rooms and mysterious family secrets!).

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By Sarah on 10-08-14

Wonderful story, one I could listen to again

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By Donna on 01-20-16

Great book

Refreshing to listen to (for me) a new author, great story and wonderful narration. Highly recommend this Australian author. The story is well laced together and keeps the listener guessing. Loved the style and the language. Eloise Oxer handles the varied characters well and as one other listener commented, the children sound like kids not cutesy sickly sweet cartoon characters.

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