Source: eARC courtesy of HarperCollins Australia via Netgalley
The descriptions on Goodreads and Netgalley are identical and practically told the story! Nevertheless, it was a hauntingly good read and I loved it.
The story is told from the perspective of Alice Bennett (she is called Allie). She with her family have moved to Norfolk Island for a sea change. Her family, however, has had some historical presence in the island but as Allie found out, it wasn’t like she’s always been led to believe by her father.
Allie is then determined to find out for herself the truth. As to how she’ll do this, she’s not quite sure until an encounter with the past brought her the exact perspective she needed to be convinced her of what the past was truly like…
As always, any penal colony stories are just tragic and this one is not an exception. There were a couple of instances which niggles my belief that such a thing would happen but let’s just say that if I were to face the same sort of thing, I’d run away as far and as fast as possible. So, full points to both Alices for their strength, courage, and boldness. Bonus points for Noah and Cormac for being just lovely boys *sighs dreamily*
One of my best reads in 2012 proven by the fact that I stayed up reading despite being so very tired and was kept up even after I’ve finished reading it. A rare story which haunted me for the night and the next few days, at the least.
Thank you, HarperCollins Australian & NetGalley for the opportunity to read & review.