A beautiful, haunting, engrossing, terrifying, enchanting novel destined to win prizes and storm the bestseller lists. To read this book is a total immersion experience.
Since it was first acquired in a hot auction, Darren Williams’ novel has attracted comparisons – Picnic at Hanging Rock, To Kill a Mockingbird, Stand By Me, to name but a few (and no coincidence that all three have been made into major movies, because Angel Rock is a feast for all the senses) – but it is also a completely unique and original novel.
The setting is Australia, 1969. Two half-brothers get lost in the wild wooded countryside around the small town of Angel Rock. Only the eldest, 13-year-old Tom, finds his way home. At about the same time, a 16-year-old girl goes missing from the town and is found in Sydney. She has killed herself.
The policeman who gets the case in the city follows the trail back to Angel Rock. In searching for a meaning in this tragic death, he is searching for nothing less than a meaning in his own troubled life.
The tales of the policeman, Gibson, and the boy, Tom, converge in the mystical back-country of Angel Rock, in a story that is part coming-of-age, part detective thriller, of redemption both individual and communal, and altogether one story that you will never forget.
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‘A mixture of beautifully judged description and the gradual building of suspense’ The Times
‘A compelling page-turner where powerful, poetic writing creates a pressing sense of menace.’ Daily Mail
‘This corking Australian novel has all the makings of a future classic. Beautifully written, the haunting coming-of-age tale lingers in your mind long after you’ve put it down.’ Glamour
‘Both a detective story and a wonderful evocation of place and time. It is a disappointment when the last page is turned and there is no more to read’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A dark, haunting and evocative novel which highlights Darren Williams’ exceptional writing and storytelling skills’ PunchFrom the Back Cover:
Australia 1969. Two boys take a wrong turn on the way home and are lost in the wild and hostile country around the little town of Angel rock. Two weeks later, only one of them returns.
The mystery of the young boy's disappearance is just one of many secrets in Angel Rock: secrets which live as much within the hauntingly beautiful landscape as within the community itself. Soon after, a sixteen-year-old girl from the town is found in Sydney, having killed herself. The policeman assigned to her case follows the trail back to Angel Rock, searching not only for a meaning in his tragic death, but also for answers to his own troubled life.
'Angel Rock' is a fabulous novel of revenge and redemption, coming of age and coming to terms, of love, loss and yearning, and of trying to find your way home.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0007128479
Book Description Harpercollins UK, 2003. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Neu. 304 Seiten C652E5BEFBE2 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 222. Bookseller Inventory # 106632
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