Set against the stunning backdrop of the South Australian bush in summer, with the ever-present threat of bushfire at its back, The Missing Girl is an evocative story of secrets and betrayal.
Meg Morrissey has just lost her job when her ailing grandmother, who raised her when she was orphaned as a child, summons her to her home, Woodfell.
Her grandmother, a formidable figure, offers her work caring for the homestead's gardens as the place is now for sale. Their warring personalities and perspectives make for a gripping tale.
As Meg tends to the estate, its dark history and secrets begin to unfold, leading her to question her childhood and who she really is.
Author Kerry McGinnis explores a return to homeland - the fictional town of Hunters Reach in the Adelaide Hills, where the author spent school holidays during her childhood - and the humble nature of gardening.
The story taps into Kerry's knowledge and love for gardening as protagonist Meg is tasked with the rescaping of Hunters Reach.
Kerry McGinnis is the author of two volumes of memoir, Pieces of Blue and Heart Country, and the bestselling novels The Waddi Tree, Wildhorse Creek, Mallee Sky, Tracking North, Out of Alice, Secrets of the Springs, The Heartwood Hotel, The Roadhouse and Croc Country.
The Missing Girl by Kerry McGinnis (Bantam) RRP $32.99.