The Silence of Water
Based on a true story, Edwin Salt is sentenced to death after murdering his wife but, after a very public outcry, secures Queen Victoria’s mercy and is instead transported to Australia. There he starts a new life, marries and becomes a father, burying the secrets of his origins. Decades later, his granddaughter Fan is living an idyllic family life until her mother announces the family is moving to Western Australia to take care of Fan’s grandfather – a man her mother has never spoken of before. Resentful about moving, Fan takes to snooping among his possessions, looking for the truth about the fragments of story Edwin has shared. What she unearths is a dreadful secret that leads to an inevitable reckoning.
Fans of Australian historical fiction (such as the work of Kate Grenville) may be naturally drawn to this.
Beautifully and powerfully wrought.
Careful research and sparse, elegant prose
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Sharron Booth has worked as a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has a PhD in Creative Writing.
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