Published by Macmillan Australia on December 22nd 2016
Genres: Mystery, Mythology
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On a clear summer's day, Detective Inspector Tony Vincent answers a call-out to an idyllic Tasmanian beach house. Surrounded by family and calm waters, seventeen-year-old Zoe Kennett has inexplicably vanished.
Four storytellers share their version of what has led to this moment, weaving tales which span centuries and continents. But Tony needs facts, not fiction: how will such fables lead him to Zoe and to the truth?
As Tony's investigation deepens, he is drawn into a world where myth and history blur, and where women who risk all for love must pay the price through every generation.
Set on the beautiful and wild Tasmanian coastline, To The Sea is the magical story of a missing teenager. Zoe Kennett disappears from her family’s home next to calm waters, and it’s DI Tony Vincent’s job to organise the search for her body. A young girl couldn’t possibly have survived in the cold southern waters overnight and most of the next day, could she?
But there is a lot more to Zoe’s story, and as the days go by and no body is recovered, the mystery is slowly unravelled. We gradually learn the dark secrets of Zoe’s family, passed down from mother to daughter, stretching back to Mayo, Ireland, and the connection of a girl called Ornice to the ocean.
To The Sea is beautifully written, evoking the Aussie summer (yes, they still have summer down in Tassie) and the raw power of the oceans, both the Southern and Atlantic. It is told through several flashbacks and storytelling from members of Zoe’s family, including her mother and father, her siblings, and her grandfather. Tony’s investigations into the disappearance ties it all to the modern day. The story is full of unreliable narrators and secrets are hinted at that aren’t revealed until much later – the perfect way to spin a great mystery.
This is Aussie author Christine Dibley’s first book, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing her next tale. She has a musical way with words, and made me want to visit Tasmania more than I already do.
If you’re in Hobart this weekend and would like to meet Christine Dibley, she’ll be launching To The Sea at Fullers Hobart, on Collins St at 2pm on January 21. See the Fullers website for more information.
I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan Australia as part of a blog tour. Thanks!
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