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Novel dives into secrets and techniques, mystery

The latest novel by Esperance author Fleur McDonald, Where the River Runs, will capture readers in a tale of family, relationships and mystery in outback Australia.

The novel, to be released on November 1, follows the tale of concert pianist and young mother Chelsea Taylor.

Chelsea returns to her family farm in South Australia with her four-year-old daughter Aria 10 years after her father told her never to return.

Looking to mend her relationship with her father, Chelsea settles into life on the land, but after a shock discovery by local detective Dave Burrows, the family’s history and secrets are exposed in a gripping tale of mystery. Seasoned author McDonald said while her novels often centred on strong farming women, this time she wanted to “shake it up a little” and centre the story on a different lead — a musician.

She said she drew inspiration from her own parents’ farm in South Australia, where the grave of a young boy got her thinking about the years of history buried in rural Australia.

McDonald said both country and city folk had different understandings of her novels.

“I really believe the love of this genre goes back to McLeod’s Daughters,” she said.

“People living in rural Australia probably relate to them more because they understand the way of life but I think city people love them because they have got a romanticised view about the country.”

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