Homecoming by Kate Morton
4/4/23; 560 pages
Homecoming by Kate Morton is a highly recommended historical fiction and family mystery.
Hills on Christmas Eve in 1959 the Turner Family Tragedy occurs. The
shocking crime, the effects of which echo across continents and
generations, is never solved. The town of Tambilla
becomes the setting of one of the most baffling murder investigations in
the history of South Australia.
In 2018 journalist Jess Turner leaves London and travels back to Darling House in Sydney, Australia, after her grandmother, Nora, injures herself in a bad fall and is in the hospital. Nora raised Jess when her mother (Polly) couldn't. Nora learns that her grandmother fell while trying to retrieve a true crime book, As If They Were Asleep by Daniel Miller, chronicling the Turner Family Tragedy of 1959. When Jess looks at the book she starts looking into the decades old murders and the secrets surrounding them.
Homecoming is beautifully written with exquisite descriptions,
layered writing, and great character development. The narrative is told
through multiple points-of-view. The first part of the novel is mainly
told through the perspective of Jess and Percy while the second half
adds additional points-of-view, including excerpts from the book by
Daniel Miller. It is a complicated web of secrets and a puzzle to be
Admittedly, the pacing is very slow on this one and the middle of the
novel requires endurance and patience. The ending will be worth it, but
the struggle through the middle may stay with readers. Fans of Morton
will love this novel while those new to her writing might need some
encouragement to stick it out to the end. The ending is so satisfying
and pulls all the complicated plot threads of the mystery. 4.5 rounded
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