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Under the Midnight Sky

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Chilling secrets buried deep in wild bushland drive this thrilling new novel from bestseller Anna Romer

When an injured teenager goes missing at a remote bushland campground, local journalist Abby Bardot is determined to expose the area’s dark history. The girl bears a striking resemblance to the victims of three brutal murders that occurred twenty years ago and Abby fears
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Simon & Schuster AU (first published 2019)
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Carolyn
Anna Romer has told a well crafted and absorbing tale of love in all it's forms - not just romance, but also the bond between siblings, the enduring love between a long married couple as well as a darker twisted, obsessive love.

Abby Bardot is a journalist for a local paper, living in a small NSW country town near a mountainous wilderness area called Deepwater Gorge reserve. Out running one day she comes across an unconcious, injured teenage girl, but when she comes back with help she has disapp
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Phrynne
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I did not really enjoy the first book I read by this author, Thornwood House, but I am very glad I gave her a second chance. Under the Midnight Sky was a very enjoyable read indeed.

I loved the Australian setting and the characters were excellent. There was just the right amount of romance between Abby and Tom to balance the suspense of the disappearing children and recovered bodies. As happens in so many books lately the story is told in two time periods and the author handles this well. It was
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Suzanne
Again I am a little behind in my reviewing, this is not good for a reader that suffers from appalling book memory! Firstly I found it a little distracting that this audio version had the same narrator as that of The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone. This is my issue but it got in the way. Lucky the female narrator is a skilled on and delivered a satisfying performance.

Abby, a journalist is keen to interview Tom, a reclusive author who lives alone in a lovely old property. He has a broken leg and the kin
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Brenda
Continually haunted by her own experiences as a twelve-year-old, Abby Bardot kept people at arm’s length. Now a newspaper reporter, Abby wanted to write an article about the murders of young girls that had occurred in the woods surrounding the small town she lived in. She felt families, especially young girls, needed to be aware of the dangers. When she found a young girl, injured and seemingly unconscious up at one of the lookouts, the surging memories hit immediately. But when she directed the ...more
Marianne
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5★s
Under The Midnight Sky is the fourth novel by Australian author, Anna Romer. Journalist Abby Barton runs every day, through the Deepwater Gorge Reserve, searching. She’s determined to find some clue to the horror she endured twenty years earlier, and to the abduction of her good friend. She’s passionate about warning teenaged girls of the danger, even though the man who abducted her is in jail.

When she stumbles on a young girl, unconscious, in a clearing, she hurries to summon help, but th
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Veronica ⭐️
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars
Abby is still plagued by nightmares 20 years after her friend was murdered and found in a shallow grave in the gorge.
When a young girl from the area goes missing no-one is too concerned, runaways are all too common in Gundara. Abby is determined to search for this girl hoping she may also find answers to her friend’s murder.

Tom, internationally acclaimed author, has moved to Ravensong, a rambling and remote home in the bush surrounding Gundara. H
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Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
As the cover suggests, Under The Midnight Sky by Australian author Anna Romer is a dark mystery novel set in Australian bushland.

Abby lives in a small township called Gundara and has a dark past. She's a journalist for her local newspaper and is obsessed with the murders that took place in Deepwater Gorge many years ago. Her personal level of involvement in the crimes is the first mystery of the novel.

Reclusive author Tom Gabriel has purchased a ramshackle country manor known as Ravensong, and r
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Jennifer (JC-S)
‘The night sky faded into dawn as I ran along the deserted road.’

In the present, Abby Bardot is concerned for an injured teenager she found at a campground but who disappeared before an ambulance arrived. The girl looks similar to the victims of three brutal murders which happened twenty years earlier in the same remote area, near the small town of Gundara. Abby is haunted by her own traumatic memories as well. Could the killer be free? Abby, now a reporter for the Gundara Express, wants to writ
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Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, aww
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I really enjoyed this darker, haunting, contemporary read from this author who never disappoints. On the surface this is a gritty mystery, dig a little deeper and you will find it is a contemporary exploration of the cycle of violence/trauma and how it can affect the individual and generations. I loved how this theme was discussed via the dual time line incidents; mysteries in both generations.
Typical of Anna Romer there is her trade mark use of old documents (in this case a di
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Theresa Smith
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Memories came so vividly. Why was that? They should fade with age, grow ever more distant. Instead, there were times –like now –when they assaulted her with a jumble of sights and sounds and smells. Crushed eucalypt leaves. The eerie whispers and crackles of the forest at night. The sigh of water racing in the gorge. And her sister’s weight in her arms. The sticky heat of blood on her hands.’

It’s as though every new novel from Anna Romer sets a whole new standard for Australian fiction. I don’t
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Sarah Ruthven
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this author is the best! If you have never read an Anna Romer novel than you’re really missing out. There’s just the smallest hint of a sinister element to her stories, and I’m always kept on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to happen next. Some of my favourite parts are the historical scenes, where she slips back in time. I am so proud of my sister and I enjoy and admire her imagination and amazing writing style. I know I am not alone when I ...more
Donna
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Loved this book, a great read and a book I just couldn't put down. Thank you Better Reading & Simon & Schuster.

An abduction of two young girls in 1948, bodies found in bushland years later, an old property called Ravensong, a journalist, novelist and a missing girl. All this entwined in this riveting novel by Anna Romer.

From start to finish you want to keep reading as the story of the lives of so many unfold into a story of abduction, death, friendship and even love. Abby the local count
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Anna Loder
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got to read this as a better reading review book. I really liked lots of it. I love that it was an Australian book, set in very familiar terrain. The difference time lines were so easy to navigate. I really like Abby from the start. Indeed, all of the characters were well formed. They were all friends, I love Joe. The plot so isn’t my type of book. I don’t like murders. I really don’t like whodunnits. But it was so easy to read, the violence wasn’t graphic it was just there. And the love story ...more
Hailey Ruthven
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I listened to it on audio and really loved the creepy parts......
Erin
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Margaret
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If there was a book I would give more than 5 stars to this would be it. It might sound like a cliche but it's so true when I say, like a fine wine that mellows with age, enhancing the taste and experience, Anna Romer gets better with each book. Of all her books this I think is my favorite, but then I look at her previous and remember each and how yummy they all were.

While I wanted to rush through to see what was going on I also wanted
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Rachael McDiarmid
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a good read. Anna’s storytelling continues to improve with each book. You can read her books in an afternoon - she just has a way of making you turn the pages. She writes well, keeps you interested and engaged. She doesn’t “do” fancy - she’s not part of the literary brigade - she just keeps it real, with no fuss writing (aka Writing that doesn’t make your brain ache as you read it!) I enjoyed the story and the mystery of this one, I liked her characters and of course her leading lady. If yo ...more
Anne Coyle
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anna has a way of description that brings the reader into the story - I started to read and didn't want to put book down. I recommend Anna's book to anyone who wants a feel good book
Kathryn
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

A longer review appears on my blog, Kathryn's Inbox
marlin1
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abby Bardot has returned to the town where she grew up. Always running away from commitment, she realises that some things must be faced. She is haunted by Deepwater Gorge, a place where at 12years of age she was abducted and escaped from and where a little time later her best friend was abducted and found murdered.

Set in two times lines and intersecting nicely we follow Abby in the present day and Frankie and Lilly who were abducted in the 1950’s.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I usually favou
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Helen
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

‘... at Ravensong we’re the stars in the midnight sky that everything else revolves around.’

I am a HUGE Anna Romer fan, her books are always amazing - her latest is no different. Under The Midnight Sky is her fourth novel and once more delves deep into mysterious occurrences in the Australian setting.

Anna presents us with another captivating psychological thriller, that will keep you guessing right to the very end. Comprised of two timelines, that not only compliment each other, but will a
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Kylie H
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-read, drama, crime
This book got off to a bit of a slow start but it soon had me hooked. Abby is a journalist sent to interview a reclusive author, Tom Gabriel. Because of an incapacitating injury Tom is forced to accept assistance from Abby having found himself barely coping with day to day life in exchange for the interview.
They soon discover that the house he has moved into has a secret, dark past that is somehow linked to a current missing child. The story slowly unravels as the past is revealed.
I was kept gue
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Romana Di Leva
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing AMAZING BOOK Certainly Anna’s best novel yet had me gripped from the start. Brava Signora Romer!!
Karren  Sandercock
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Australia and Anna Romer for my copy of her new book : Under The Midnight Sky and it's a ripper of a book!

Abby lives in a small country town in NSW called Deepwater Gorge and she works as a journalist for a small local newspaper.

While out going for a run along a track in the Australian bush, Abby finds a young girl who's alive but hurt and non responsive. Due to having no phone coverage because of the remote location she has to run back to get help and o
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Gloria Arthur
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Under the Midnight Sky

This book was so good, it was gripping and intense.

The story is set in remote Australian bushland and is centred around a local newspaper journalist Abby Bardot and a reclusive crime writer Tom Gabriel. Abby is hoping for an interview with Tom who has recently bought the old mansion near Deepwater Gorge known as Ravensong.

Out running in the bush early morning, Abby finds an unconscious teenage girl with a head wound, she goes off to call an ambulance but when she returns w
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Lisa
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
To be perfectly honest, I was disappointed in this. I’ve loved Anna Romer’s past novels, all what I like to call “gothic-tinged mysteries” – stories that deal with old houses and family secrets – and I was beyond excited to see Under the Midnight Sky at my local bookshop. But the book just didn’t work for me.

For a start, I think the characterisation of Abby, the protagonist, resulted in me gritting my teeth a lot. She seemed more like a Plucky Heroine that existed in her ‘Damaged But Still Super
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Deb M
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby Bardot works as a journalist and is keen to write an article on three brutal murders from two decades ago, events that have captivated and traumatised her, bringing back her own turbulent memories. Abby befriends a newcomer to town, Tom who is a successful author suffering from writers block. Tom plans to write about the murders and moved to the area to gather information and inspiration for his story. The two form a friendship and together try to piece together the circumstances and identi ...more
Dana Duffy
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I love Anna Romer books and am only sad I’ve finished it. I’ve read her other books twice. So good.
Vera
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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Jeannette
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book blurb...
Chilling secrets buried deep in wild bushland drive this thrilling new novel from bestseller Anna Romer
When an injured teenager goes missing at a remote bushland campground, local journalist Abby Bardot is determined to expose the area’s dark history. The girl bears a striking resemblance to the victims of three brutal murders that occurred twenty years ago and Abby fears the killer is still on the loose
But the newspaper Abby works for wants to suppress the story for fear it will sc
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Anna Romer is an Australian writer. Her novels reflect her fascination with forgotten diaries and letters, dark family secrets, rambling old houses, and love in its many guises—as well as her passion for the uniquely beautiful Australian landscape.