Rural Crime At Its Best: Read an Extract from The Curlew’s Eye by Karen Manton

Rural Crime At Its Best: Read an Extract from The Curlew’s Eye by Karen Manton

There’s nothing in the lake, Magdalen.

There is, Joel—I can feel it.

You can see all the way to the bottom. There’s nothing there.

I’m not seeing anything, says the girl.

The water is a breathing silence, its darkness a body. And all around the quiet earth, the listening stones. Above, the dome of night is stuck with pinpoint stars.

She is very still, his sister. Her stillness frightens him. But he says nothing. He waits, while the present and the past and the future mingle in the breathing silence, the breathing water.

I can feel it, she says again.

And her body shifts in the dark…

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    Publisher details

    The Curlew's Eye
    Author
    Karen Manton
    Publisher
    Allen & Unwin
    Genre
    Fiction
    Released
    14 September, 2021

    Synopsis

    Greta's partner Joel grew up with five brothers and a sister in a feisty household on an isolated NT property. But he doesn't talk about those days - not the deaths of his sister and mother, nor the origin of the scars that snake around his body. Now, many years later, he returns with Greta and their three young boys to prepare the place for sale. The boys are quick to settle in, and Joel seems preoccupied with work, but Greta has a growing sense of unease, struggling in the build-up's oppressive heat and living in the shadow of the old, burned-out family home. She knows she's a stranger in this uncanny place, with its eerie and alluring landscape, hostile neighbour, and a toxic dam whose clear waters belie its poison. And then there's the mysterious girl living rough whom Greta tries to befriend. Determined to make sense of it all, Greta is drawn into Joel's unspoken past and confronted by her own. Before long the curlew's haunting cry will call her to face the secrets she and Joel can no longer outrun.
    Karen Manton
    About the author

    Karen Manton

    Karen Manton lives in Darwin and Batchelor in the Northern Territory. Her short stories have won five NT Literary Awards and are published in various anthologies, including Best Australian StoriesAward Winning Australian WritingReview Australian Fiction and Landmarks. She has been awarded the Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship Varuna Writers' House, the NT Writers Centre Hachette Mentorship and the Arts NT Varuna Residential Fellowship. The Curlew's Eye is her first novel.

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