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Title:
Half Moon Lake (MP3)
Written by:
Kirsten Alexander 
Read by:
Andi Arndt 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
8 hours 18 minutes 
MP3 size:
346 MB 
Published:
April 28 2019 
Available Date:
April 28 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489499493 
Genres:
Fiction; Crime & Thriller; Mystery 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Penguin Audio Australia 
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Longlisted Ned Kelly Award / Best First Fiction 2019

Inspired by a real case, Half Moon Lake is a captivating historical novel set in America's Deep South about a lost boy – and the two mothers who both seek to claim him.

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

'... a book like no other, providing raw insight into the bond between mother and son, and the great lengths that people will go to to protect the ones they love.'
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'Inspired by a true story, this is an ambitious and accomplished debut ... a skilful exploration of multi-generational trauma, wrapped up in an engrossing mystery.'
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