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Under the Midnight Sky

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  586 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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 fear
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Simon & Schuster AU (first published 2019)
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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 disap
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer. (2019).

An injured teenager goes missing at a remote bushland campground and journalist Abby is determined to expose the area's dark history. The girl resembles three murder victims from 20 years ago and Abby fears the killer is still on the loose. Abby's newspaper wants to suppress the story and sends her to write an article on Tom, a reclusive crime writer. Abby and Tom end up investigating togeth
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 of co
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Veronica ⭐️
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Roma was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I actually listened to it on audio CD read by Eloise Oxer. This was the first and only book that I have read by Anna Romer but I would most definitely seek out other books she has written. This was one of those books that you never wanted to end. I found myself sitting in my car mesmerized by the story and the characters. The story just pulled me in and as it advanced I got more and more tangled up in it ri ...more
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
Kylie H
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, crime, great-read
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
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww, own

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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
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, aww2019
Anna Romer is the bestselling author of Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill and she also happens to be my favourite Australian novelist. Romer’s novels seem to go from strength to strength and with each new release she is able to extend herself. In Under the Midnight Sky, Romer dazzles the audience with her tale of mystery, romance, history and age old secrets.

My reader love affair with Anna Romer definitely hasn’t waned, and after reading Under the Midnight S
Theresa Smith
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2019, netgalley
‘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
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
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 country journ
Gloria Arthur
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bookshelf
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
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......
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There were parts in this book that were spine-tinglingly terrifying. I was on the edge of my seat, especially as I live close to a remote forest area, but like all of Anna Romer's books, I loved it immensely. The unexpected ending was like an epic and memorable road trip. I really want to read more books by this brilliant author, hurry up and write another one Anna Romer! ...more
Wow what a fabulous read, for some reason I’ve been putting off reading this book despite loving Anna Romer’s other books. I’m so glad I finally managed to read it. With its mysterious and darkly atmospheric cover, it completely sets the scene for the secrets that are going to be uncovered. This is a mystery, a thriller, a love story, a story about family, forgiveness, trauma and letting the past go and getting on with life.

Talk about twists and turns. I did have my suspicions about one of the m
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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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
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 ...more
Under The Midnight Sky is the latest book from acclaimed Aussie author, Anna Romer. Beyond The Orchard is the only book I have read previously and Under The Midnight Sky has piqued my interest now in her first two novels, Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill. Romer’s newest offering immediately got my attention with its stunning cover of a beautiful night sky and a woman looking at a nearby, rural house. I knew from the cover that it would be a dark read and at its heart, Under The Midnight Sky is ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

A longer review appears on my blog, Kathryn's Inbox
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The plot was ok but the descriptions of relationships was truly nauseating and seemed to be totally different to the style used when actually telling the story. It was like reading two different books at the same time and I eventually started skipping the even vaguely romantic paragraphs as they were just so horrifically written and had no baring on the story. I liked the plot so I had to finish it but breathed a sigh of relief when I did!
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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.

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