Half Moon Lake

Kirsten Alexander

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'They said he was their boy. And so he was . . .'

In 1913, on a summer's day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns.

The boy's mysterious disappearance from the family's lake house makes front-page news in their home town of Opelousas. John Henry and Mary Davenport are wealthy and influential, and will do anything to find their son. For two years, the Davenports search across the South, offer increasingly large rewards and struggle not to give in to despair.

Then, at the moment when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp.

But is he truly Sonny Davenport? The circumstances of his discovery raise more questions than answers. And when Grace Mill, an unwed farm worker, travels from Alabama to lay claim to the child, newspapers, townsfolk, even the Davenports' own friends, take sides.

As the tramp's kidnapping trial begins, and two desperate mothers fight for ownership of the boy, the people of Opelousas discover that truth is more complicated than they'd ever dreamed . . .

Half Moon Lakeis Kirsten Alexander's compelling debut novel, about the parent-child bond, identity, and what it means to be part of a family.

'A terrific premise, which becomes more than just a page-turning story; this is a complex and thought-provoking tale of the lengths we go to in order to save those close to us - and to save ourselves. I was gripped throughout.' Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Seamstress

'A gripping, nervy tale of identity, class and race, in which power and money triumph over truth ... a strong original narrative, with a central mystery and an intriguing plot.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Half Moon Lakeis an evocative, unputdownable story about every parent's worst nightmare - losing a child ... Many times I wanted to step into the pages of this book to put things right - a sure sign of a compelling read. I highly recommend this novel.' Sally Hepworth, author of The Mother-in-Law

'Half Moon Lakeis a compelling tale, full of wonderfully drawn characters and richly evoked locations, with a wrenching story at its heart . . . should be read and re-read - devour it for the engrossing story, and return to it for the lyrical language.' Meg Keneally, author of Fled

ISBN: 9780143792062
Publication Date: 02-Jan-2019
Publisher: Random House Australia