Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer

Lyrebird Hill

From the bestselling author of Thornwood HouseWhen all that you know comes crashing down, do you run? Or face the truth?Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life – a loving boyfriend, a fulfilling career – but in one terrible moment, her life unravels. The discovery that the death of her sister, Jamie, was not an accident makes her question all she’s known about herself and her past.Traveling back home to Lyrebird Hill, Ruby begins to ...

Details Lyrebird Hill

TitleLyrebird Hill
Release DateSep 1st, 2014
PublisherSimon & Schuster AU
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Audiobook, Cultural, Australia

Reviews Lyrebird Hill

  • Sharon
    Ruby Cardel enjoyed living near Coffs Harbour and she especially enjoyed working in her own bookshop. The shop stocked a variety of books from new releases to second-hand books. Her relationship with her boyfriend, Rob had been going well for the last three years, but lately Ruby had felt unsettled. In fact ever since her sister, Jamie passed away years ago, Ruby hasn't felt right. Jamie's death was an accident, but for some reason Ruby has lost ...
  • Brenda
    Living in a little cottage in the coastal town of Sawtell and working in nearby Coffs Harbour was like a dream come true to Ruby Cardel. She owned the Busy Bookworm, a bookshop where she sold rare and second-hand books alongside the newer releases and despite the advent of the digital age, her shop was doing well. She also had her boyfriend Rob, whom she’d been seeing for the past three years and was very happy with – though the years ago tra...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer In a nutshell...Brilliant! What a great read this was! I was held captivated from the first page to the last and wanted to savour each as the story unfolded with such gradual, yet compelling ease...this book has it all. Anna Romer has worked magic with her brilliant way of putting together a very complex story in a smooth flowing and uncomplicated manner.The story of a modern day family struggling to come to terms with...
  • Dale Harcombe
    The death of her sister Jamie when she was a child leaves Ruby with questions about what really happened, since her memory has blanked it out. It has also soured Ruby’s relationship with her mother. Then her relationship with her boyfriend Rob turns out to be not all Ruby hoped, despite his words of love that eventually come after three years together. Along with Ruby’s story set in 2013 is the story of Brenna, set in 1898. The connection bet...
  • Sarah Ruthven
    I will buy any novel this author writes. Lyrebird Hill is Anna Romer's second novel, and just like her debut Thornwood House, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. You can’t put it down, but at the same time you don't want it to end! Another wonderful mystery full of unexpected twists. You'll be thinking about this story long after you've finished.The dual narrative is so well done. The story lines are so captivating, I just couldn't decide wh...
  • Jenn J McLeod
    I was eager to read Anna Romer's second book. Her first one, Thornwood House, was such a great story and so beautifully told. So often I can find an author's second novel is not as good, or just another of the same. But I am pleased to say Lyrebird Hill is delightfully different, still beautifully written and I'd say even better in some respects. I think I loved the detailed snapshots of life in early Australia. Anna has such a way with words and...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    My View:Forbidden love, family secrets, murder, mystery… these themes and more are present and repeated in the dual time frames – brilliant. Ms Romer writes with a beautiful, sweet and seductive voice. This narrative is a multi-faceted story of love, revenge, family secrets and murder that offers the reader two parallel stories that are slowly revealed in alternating chapters. The writing is lush and the settings leap out from the page in thr...
  • Mack
    This was an enthralling tale of Ruby Cardel and the death of her sister during their childhood. Ruby has blocked the truth about what really happened on the day her sister, Jamie was killed. As the story unravels Ruby finds out that her family history evolves parallel to the story and it is a reminder how as a nation we want to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past regarding Aboriginal history.
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    As in Romer's debut novel, Thornwood House, the past casts deep shadows over the present in Lyrebird Hill, a haunting story of family secrets, mystery and murder.Ruby Cardel can't remember the events surrounding the tragic death of her sister, Jamie. She knows only what she has been told, that Jamie died in an accident when they were children, slipping and falling into the river that bordered their property, Lyrebird Hill and that Ruby was found ...
  • Rowena Holloway
    Anna Romer’s second novel effectively blends contemporary and historical fiction with a tense mystery to deliver a modern Gothic tale grounded in the Australian landscape. There are gaps in Ruby’s Cardel’s memories. Gaps that mean she can’t recall the accident that killed her sister and shattered her family. At a gallery showing of her mother’s paintings – images depicting her sister’s life which conjure memories of their time at Ly...
  • Jennifer Grayson
    This story will keep you awake at night wondering what is going to happen next! I love the research and mystery that Anna Romer display's in this story. Read this novel and fall in love with this Author and you will be hooked. Lyrebird Hill will be one of my all time was Thornwood House.
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    I have fallen in love all over again with Anna Romer’s exquisite writing. Lyrebird Hill is Romer’s second book, following her debut book and my favourite read of last year Thornwood House. It is about a remote property, called Lyrebird Hill, located in Northern NSW that holds a haunting story of family secrets, love and tragedy. The story is primarily focussed on the character Ruby, in the present day, a young woman who appears to have the wo...
  • Lisa
    4.5 Stars - This novel was fabulous! An incredibly beautiful tale with tragic secrets – past and present - Aussie author Anna Romer paints the Australia bush in such vivid imagery that it forces you to pause and ponder. It is so very engaging yet, as the end draws near, you become hesitant to finish it, finding it difficult to extract yourself from the mystique Romer has wrapped around your literary soul. Romer carefully presents all of her puz...
  • Kathy
    Very close to 5 stars so a 4.5 stars for me!Anna Romer is proving to be an author to keep an eye on! I do really like books set in dual time periods and Lyrebird Hill has been done extremely well alternating between the 1890's and 2013 Australia set only a couple of hours from where I live! Sometimes when reading a dual time novel, you get more captivated by one time period than the other and feel like skipping ahead just to see what happens, but...
  • Amanda
    4.5 stars!! I loved this book! Such wonderful lyrical writing and a great story that had me guessing right to the end. Then the final twist was great! I am now a huge fan of this author! The Australian setting was beautifully described and the language wasn't so colloquial that it made me cringe as some Aussie authors have.
  • Erin
    4.5 Stars - Loved this one almost as much as Thornwood House. It is just as intriguing, written just as beautifully and leaves you wanting more. It could have been a bit longer to bulk out each of the story lines, as I was left with unanswered questions, but perhaps that is part of the intrigue! Will definitely be reading Romer's next offering!
  • ✨Susan✨
    A single, slightly over weight, bookstore owner is living a life that she thinks she is not worthy of. She has a fiancé who is way out of her league and she thinks that her mother wishes that it was her, instead of her beautiful sister, who was killed when they were younger. She lost her memory surrounding the tragic event and when she is invited back to the property by an old neighbor she starts to have dreams about her childhood. When she goes...
  • Carolyn
    Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer is captivating and enthralling. It's a thriller once again just like her first book, Thornwood House which was set mostly in Queensland (which was absolutely spine-chilling). Lyrebird Hill is a sliding doors type of story going to and fro between two different time zones. Lyrebird Hill is set in mostly in New South Wales and Tasmania. Once again, it's spine-chilling. Both stories are filled with absolutely beautiful de...
  • Yukari Watanabe/渡辺由佳里
    If you like Kate Morton, you'll like Romer's Lyrebird Hill, too. The mystery was a bit too predictable, and romance part is bit too simple. Still I enjoyed it very much.
  • Ann-Marie
    Lyrebird Hill is a story of the distant past and the recent past converging with the present. Written across two very different timelines Romer brings together the stories of Brenna and Ruby, two women who share a connection with the property of Lyrebird Hill.Anna Romer has a magical way with words. From the very beginning this book hooked me in and made me never want to put it down.I’m a visual reader and found the way Anna describes a scene m...
  • Vera
    April 21, 2017After my visit to Australia and especially the Armidale area, reading this book was even more special. I enjoyed going back there -"back", because Anna puts you right in the middle of it. The sounds, smells, emotions she describes are right there in me, and that's why I love her stories so much - plus her beautiful language. Sept 14, 2014I just finished Lyrebird Hill five minutes ago and I have this special feeling in my stomach - I...
  • Marina Maidou
    It's a happy time for me to begin reading interesting books after a long time I found myself waiting for something good to be edited after the 50shadesofgray monsoon. This is an aussie book and I love it, as I love australia itself. It's the first book that I can see a rich view of this continent, where I look to the vocabulary to find what is the strange trees, flowers, animals are describing there so easy, that make me to believe that if I open...
  • Renee
    This story had me captivated the whole way through. It is a blend of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, romance, mystery and suspense with a hint of fairytale. I liked both Ruby and her great grandmother Brenna and found both their stories intriguing. I enjoyed watching them unfold and finding for the parallels between them. I loved the Australian bushland setting. This book also raised my awareness of the poor treatment of the Aboriginal ...
  • Helen
    4.5 stars - I can clearly state that any time in the future I would not hesitate to buy anything this author produces. ‘Lyrebird Hill’ follows on from Anna Romer's successful debut novel and without doubt, it keeps you on the edge of your seat page after page. Check out the blog for full review - you wont want to miss it!http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...
  • Krisz
    I absolutely love Anna's writing. I loved Thornwood House and this novel didn't disappoint either.You know a book is good when you don't want it to end. I would have loved to learn more about Brenna, her story was so intriguing.Thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to Anna's next novel.
  • Diane
    I loved it! I have read all three of Anna Romer's books in as many weeks. Wonderful characters, some loveable and others downright detestable! Amazingly written stories that will keep you guessing and keep building the suspense. I totally recommend Anna Romer's books.
  • Lailee Smith
    This book had me captivated. I could feel see and smell the scenes painted with words by this author. An amazing story with many unpredictable twists and turns. Can't wait for Anna Romer's next novel.
  • Chris
    4.5 I couldn't wait to get back to this each time I had to leave it. The story, though a little drawn out in places, was for the most part believable and excellently told. It flipped back and forth between 1898 and 2013. Eloise Oxer, the reader, was fantastic. Her lilting voice and Australian accent put me right there in the bush, at Lyrebird Hill, or in Tasmania, immediately. Unfolding are two different stories, of great-granddaughter and great-...
  • Carolyn Taylor
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Both Ruby and Brenna were characters I felt an immediate connection to. I didn't want to put it down and the way the past and present weaved throughout was cleverly done. The story flowed well and the build up towards the end held me captive. I recommend this one!
  • Lorri
    The author skillfully weaves various plots that revolve around generations within the same family, and adds a couple twists that were unexpected. but the drama! If only she had scaled it back somewhat - this story would make a good soap opera or miniseries.