BOOK CLUB: Under the Midnight Sky

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Author: Anna Romer
ISBN: 9781925184457
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: May 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Anna Romer has firmly planted herself as one of my favourites and her books just keep getting better.

Under the Midnight Sky is the latest release and it captivated me from the first page to the last; it drew me back time and time again so that I was sneaking in single chapters at every opportunity, reading long after I should have been doing something else and finished in 24hrs.

Once again Romer has captured the atmosphere of her setting and turned an old house into a gothic character in her novel. A building that houses deep secrets and has a personality all of it’s own.

I keep wanting to categorise this as an historical fiction because of the dual timelines but I’m not sure that it quite fits there. There are romantic elements but I’m not sure that I would call it a romance either. It has been reviewed for the AWW Challenge 2019 in General, Historical, Romance and Crime genres and it does fit each category. For me, the story is definitely about the mystery with the history and the romance secondary, though most definitely essential elements to the story.

Under The Midnight Sky is a story that doesn’t seem to have an overwhelming number of characters but there are quite a lot of perspectives which does take a little while to get your head around.

Abby Bardot has moved back to her small hometown of Gundara, still suffering from events that took place decades ago, and she goes for a run every morning alongside Deepwater Gorge searching for answers that will finally allow her mind to rest.

On a morning run she discovers an injured teen and runs for help, by the time she returns with the ambulance the girl is gone but it deepens Abby’s desire to have her story about the grisly history of Deepwater Gorge printed in the newspaper. A story that the editor promises to print if Abby can get an in-depth interview with the reclusive bestselling true crime author Tom Gabriel who has recently purchased a local property.

Abby turns up to Ravensong unannounced one day and discovers an injured Tom in a compromising position and negotiates her help for an interview.

Tom is an interesting character in that he has quite a colourful past, and an intriguing relationship with the press which makes him hesitant to agree to an interview. The novel he is working on is supposed to centre on the history of Deepwater Gorge but he is suffering writer’s block, he was hoping that being so close to the area would help but so far it hasn’t.

The negotiations between Tom and Abby included some cleaning up around the place and as Abby cleans she starts uncovering some of the history of the house, and the story gets ever more interesting.

Lil and Joe are a gorgeous old couple living on land outside of town, also close to Deepwater Gorge. We get to know them through chapters of their own and their role in the bigger story that is being told takes a while to become clear.

On it’s own, their story is one of an enduring love that sees two people still in love and unable to comprehend a life apart from one another after decades of marriage.

Romer has woven a compelling story with Ravensong firmly at its centre. A story that explores PTSD, small communities and the snap judgements that can be made about people of a different socio-economic background. Romer also explores families, relationships and all forms of love.

Abby wants to see the history of the area shared to warn people of the dangers but some people want to keep things out of the news because the town can’t afford to take a tourism hit.

I found Under The Midnight Sky to be a captivating read with some delicious twists. I was invested in the characters and their stories, and touched by their heartaches.

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Thanks to Simon & Schuster 30 of our lucky Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading Under the Midnight Sky so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

29 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Under the Midnight Sky

  1. Under the Midnight Sky was my first book by Anna Romer and it won’t be my last!

    I read this book in one sitting and went to bed way later than I should have as I just couldn’t put it down!

    There were some great twists to this book and no matter how much I guessed I was wrong every time.

    I will definitely be making some room for more of Anna’s books on my bookshelf!

    Thank you for the opportunity to read this amazing book!

  2. Thankyou Beautyandlace and Simon&Schuster fot the opportunity to review ‘Under The Midnight Sky’ by Anna Romer.

    Abby out for a run stumbles across an unconscious, injured young girl. She tries without success to get a mobile phone signal and ultimately has to leave her to get help.
    When the ambulance arrives the girl has disappeared.
    Abby is a divorced journalist whose mother deserted herself and her brother when they were really young. Her father brought them up and has only been dead for five months. They are living in Gundara a small north eastern Australian town, and Abby after a traumaticc incident when she was twelve as well as losing her friend at that age, has never got over it.
    Girls have a habit of disappearing in the area and Abby is on a mission to find answers.
    As a journalist she is given the task of interviewing for an article, a newly arrived author to the district, Tom, who is living in a rundown and mysterious house ‘Ravensong’.
    Other interesting characters, each with their own stories will keep you hooked in this book.

    ‘Under The Midnight Sky’ weaves in disappearaces, murders, intrigue and a little romance.
    So well written, an enthralling story and one where you think you know the answers, but find you’re wrong!

  3. An absolutely brilliant book up there with my all time favourites. I’ve read all of Anna Romer’s novels and loved them with Beauty and Lace introducing me to Anna Romer with her first novel, Thornwood House. It is wonderful when you’ve loved an author’s work and look forward to the next novel to not be disappointed and to be enthralled from start to finish. This was the case with Under the Midnight Sky.

    I don’t cope well with crime or suspense so was a tiny bit concerned in the beginning that I’d chosen a book I shouldn’t have but while this is definitely suspenseful with a definite crime theme it is so well written that even someone who avoids that genre will find themselves captivated.

    There is no need for me to add any more to the story line than Michelle has, so excellently. There are stories within stories and all blend brilliantly. Nothing is forced, nothing artificial.

    I loved Abby and Tom and the way their relationship developed. I loved Lil and Joe and although saddened by the twist it was so well written it was fascinating and apt.

    I am indebted to Beauty and Lace ad Simon and Schuster for my copy. I’ve already thanked Anna personally and she has responded. I ended up finishing this at 5.45am after climbing out of bed at 2am because I couldn’t sleep and needed to finish the story. It is an absolutely wonderful book and will stay with the reader. I’d recommend it to everyone and love that the author is Australian.

  4. Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer

    On a morning run through the bush, Abby comes across an unconscious injured girl but has to leave her to find a mobile phone range spot to call for help. When she escorts the Ambos in, the girl has gone. When she contacts the police, they are not very helpful.
    Abby Bardot has returned to her hometown of Gundara, NSW, which has grown to 8,000 people in the ten years she’s been away. Abby works for the local newspaper, and has a story she is itching to write about the Deepwater Gorge murders from twenty years ago. Her editor Kendra has other ideas for a great feature- she wants Abby to interview big shot Sydney writer Tom Gabriel who has just moved to the area. But he does NOT give interviews; he hates journalists. Kendra promises Abby she can write her Gorge story if she gets the dirt on Tom Gabriel.
    Tom writes fictionalised accounts of true crime. His novels were mega hits, with many of them made into movies. But since his marriage bombed years ago, rumour has it he has hit the bottle and his writing has dried up. Abby has a big challenge to get Tom to consent to an interview but is spurred on by Kendra’s promise of letting her have lead story with Deepwater Gorge.
    Twenty years ago, campers in a remote part of the local Gorge discovered the remains of a teenaged girl, thought to have been there for a decade. Weeks later, another body is found, a second teenage girl. A year later, a local girl goes missing and her body is found a month later. All at Deepwater Gorge. A local man is arrested and charged, and the locals breathe easy when he is locked up.
    Abby needs to write this story! But that means getting an interview with Tom.
    When she arrives at his place, she finds him locked out of his house and needing some assistance, so an uneasy truce is established between Abby and Tom. If she helps him out, he will give her the interview, but only if he can have final say in what she writes.
    As the two of them sort out the belongings that were left in the old house Tom has just bought, they find an old diary. To Tom, this sparks the idea for a new story. To Abby, is this the lead she needs for her Deepwater Gorge murders?

    The twists and turns in this story are wonderfully woven to lead the reader astray, and just when we think we know the answer, we discover yet again we are wrong.

    An intriguing fantastic, satisfying book that I could not put down. Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to discover another Australian author Anna Romer to add to my favourites.

  5. This is the third novel I’ve read from Romer, and it’s the one I’ve enjoyed most. Her plotting is more credible, and the diary from the past (Romer often works in diaries or letters to facilitate time shifts) is better integrated than in some of her work in the past. I also found the characters a little more relatable.

    Abby Bardot is a journalist in small town Gundara. She’s travelled widely, and has a notable writing talent, but childhood trauma has inescapably drawn her back home. When an injured teenage girl appears then disappears at a remote campground in nearby bushland, Abby can’t ignore the similarities to past murders in the region – including one Abby has a very personal link to.

    Abby’s editor won’t print the story Abby wants to write about the murders (which struck me as strange given that a number of minor plot points turn on how sensationalist the editor is making the paper). So they strike a deal: if Abby prises an interview from reclusive novelist Tom Gabriel, she can write a story about the murders.

    Tom’s reluctance is soon dissolved in the twin furnances of his attraction to Abby, and the discovery that his own house may have a link to long ago murders. But their quest for the truth may bring danger too close to home…

    This was a really enjoyable novel. The relationship between Tom and Abby rang very true, as did their separate past traumas and how they carried forward to affect this new relationship. Both were easy to empathise with and like. And while their pasts may be a little more extreme than most people’s, I think many readers will find their challenges in moving on very recognisable.

    Although Tom and Abby are the prime characters, other characters in the novel are also well drawn and believable. This includes characters seen only through diary entries, who nevertheless come to life.

    The mystery element of this plot is really clever. It unwinds in a way that is completely credible, and yet very unexpected. Romer has woven the two time strands together in a way that misleads the reader even while leading them closer to the truth. Few readers are likely to work out the truth themselves.

    This is an excellent novel that will appeal particularly to those who enjoy well written and credible crime novels that are not too graphic.

  6. Thankyou to Simon &Schuster and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer.

    Once you start this book you can’t put it down, an excellent read.

    Abby Bardot is a journalist for a local paper in a small rural town. It is the town she grew up in, left and has now returned to. The town is on the edge of Deepwater Gorge Reserve.

    While jogging Abby discovers an unconscious teenage girl. With no phone reception in the area Abby leaves the girl to go and call for help. When Abby and the ambulance return the girl has disappeared.

    It reminds Abby of the past…..20 years ago 3 teenage girls went missing and 10 years later their bodies were found. Abby fears the killer is still on the loose. She wants to write a story on the murders, but the Newspaper fears it will scare off tourists, which the town relies on.

    Abby is bribed by her editor. If she can gain an interview with Tom Gabriel, a reclusive successful crime writer who has recently moved to the area, she can then write her story on the murders.

    Abby approaches Tom when he is injured and vulnerable. Surprisingly he agrees to the interview in exchange for some unpacking help.
    Toms home, Ravensong is on the edge of Deepwater Gorge. While exploring the house a secret room is found. A page from a diary written in 1949 is also found.

    The book is told in 2 timelines .The present with Abby and Tom working to find the missing teenager, while solving mysteries from the past. The past is explained by the diary of another missing girl.

    Lots of twists and turns in this suspenseful thriller. A great read.

  7. Another winner by Anna Romer. Abby stumbles upon an unconscious young teenager while out running, but the girl disappears while Abby is finding help.
    Abby is tasked with interviewing Tom Gabriel, a reclusive author. With help from Tom, Abby discovers a mystery diary and they chase answers to the disappearance of two young girls over fifty years earlier.
    Abby is convinced there is still a chance of finding the answers to past bushland murders and the current missing teenager alive.
    This story is interwoven between three time frames and kept me turning the pages long after midnight.
    I loved it.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this latest offering from Anna Romer.

  8. When Abby goes looking for answers to what happened to the girls that have gone missing over the years little does she know how caught up in it all she will be.
    Abby is journalist and wants to write a a story for the local newspaper about the murders but her editor doesn’t want to scare of potential tourists to the area.
    Tom Gabriel a reclusive crime writer has moved to the area and doesn’t do interviews but the editor has sent Abby off to get an interview.
    While at Tom’s house Abby does some exploring and finds a hidden room. In the room are remnants or a dark past. Together Abby and Tom form a friendship on their search for more information about the murders and missing girls.

    This story as with many stories now have a time travel element to them which is how you discover bits from the past and how they fit in to the here and now.
    It also gives you different insights into why certain things are happening in the story.

    Be prepared to be surprised. I ‘knew’ so many times who was the killer but I was wrong every single time.
    Carefully disguising the killer until the end makes this book so intriguing and makes it hard to put down.

    A cleverly woven story that will keep you guessing until the very end.

    Anna’s books seem to have a bit of a sinister, darker more mystical feel to them.

    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for this wonderful read.

  9. Another brilliant author I have discovered through the Beauty and Lace Book Club.

    This was my first time reading bestselling author Anna Romer and her latest “Under the Midnight Sky” captured me from the moment I saw the beautiful cover. The cover made me want to know more and once I saw the storyline I was hooked.

    I read this book very quickly as it was easy to read, well written and you did not want to put it down.

    A teenage girl goes missing in a remote area campground and no one seems to be worried except for Abby Bardot a local journalist. The girl bears a resemblance to the victims of three brutal murders that occurred over twenty years before and Abby fears the killer is still on the loose.

    Abby is keen to write the story and to investigate her concerns for the local newspaper but they would prefer to supress the story as the town is already suffering bad publicity. Deepwater Gorge Reserve once was full of campers and hikers from all over the country but after the murders the tourists stopped coming. Her boss agrees to let her write the story if she meets and interviews recluse crime writer Tom Gabriel for the newspaper so Abby reluctantly agrees.

    After not meeting under the best of circumstances Abby and Tom start to work together and they discover a hidden attic in Ravensong, the house Tom had recently purchased and been renovating. The attic room shows signs of imprisonment from half a century before. Could it be linked to the bushland murders and the missing girl? Will they find her in time?

    These questions kept me reading away until I finished, I carried my book around and was reading whenever I got a moment. There were enough plot twists that had me constantly reassessing who was involved.

    The story was told from both the present and flashbacks including the diary of one of the missing girls. I also felt like the house had a story to tell, especially when the hidden attic room was found. They all came vividly to life in this thrilling novel – the characters, the house and the vastness and isolation of Deepwater Gorge.

    Highly recommend this novel from Anna Romer. Thank you to Beauty and Lace, Anna Romer and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

  10. Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer is another brilliant story from this author.

    Journalist Abby finds an injured girl in a local park, but by the time she has found mobile reception to call the ambulance, the girl has disappeared.

    Over the last 20 years several girls have disappeared, and Abby wants to write a feature for the paper, but her boss wants her to interview Tom Gabriel, a reclusive crime writer, who has recently moved to the area.

    The story develops around Abby and Tom, including discovery of an old diary in Tom’s house, relating to events 20 years ago, and the connection to the current disappearance.

    This is a book you cannot put down, plenty of twists in the story, suspense, the characters are well written. A great read.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace, and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this book

  11. What a fantastic story filled with twists and turns. Sometimes terrible things that happen in your past give you the strength and resolve to to help you find answers in the future. Young girls disappearing and having almost save one herself Abby is determined to get answers!
    This is s fantastic book finding clues in old homes the two characters Abby and Tom set out to discover the truth
    Thank beauty and lace and Simon and Schuster for a wonderful read with a cuppa by the fire.

  12. Wow, this book is right up there as a number one to read. Absolutely brillant from page one to the end you will be pulled into the pages and find you cannot put the book down. A real page mystery turner.

    Just the first chapter will grip you when the main character of Abby Bardot is running through the bush and finds an unconscious young girl who is badly injured. With no phone reception she has to leave her there to call an ambulance. Once she and the ambulance return, the girl is nowhere to be seen. This will chill you to the bone as you are now worried about the girl and what happened to her?

    Abby has just returned to Gundora a North Eastern Australian town because of a terrible murder that happened 20 years ago in Deepwater Gorge. She lost her best friend that day. Abby had also had an accident herself and she needed to get away from Gundora.

    Abby becomes a Journalist and when she returnd to Gundora, she wants to write about the event that happened 20 years ago but her boss Kendra doesn’t want to go down that track as it would not benefit the town bringing up the past. The town was struggling as it was from lack of tourists.

    Thankfully a man was arrested and charged with the murder and was still in jail for the crime he committed. The whole town was happy to know that the murderer was behind bars.

    A crime writer named Tom Gabriel comes to town to write a story and lives in the house called Raven’s Song. Abby has been given a mission from her boss Kendra to get an interview with Tom who has an interesting background. In return for a good story, Kendra would allow Abby to print her story .

    I loved the inuendos throughout the book with the characters of Abby & Tom. There are times I giggled and times I felt remorse.

    For the elderly characters of Lil and Joe that are in the book you will be warmed to their story and their beautiful love connection. It is not hard to love this couple.

    This book is definitely a crime, thriller and romance thrown in. It really is a suspenseful read. With murder and abduction involved you can’t help but dive into this book to try and guess who, what, how?

    This is not the first time I have read a book from Anna Romer as she is very creative with her writing. Her novels always become alive to you the reader.

    There are so many twists and turns which made me change my paths of thinking. There are so many deep dark secrets that will totally entrall you within the pages. It will certainly keep you on your toes.

    Again thank you Beauty & Lace for giving me the opportunity of reading one of Anna Romer’s books again and of course to Simon & Schuster who I feel like I have known for a long time know through being publishers of such wonderful authors.

    To Anna Romer, to date, I have loved all your books and will certainly wait for another book from you for sure. I highly recommend this book to all readers.

  13. Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer is an intrigueing story about chilling secrets kept hidden for years.

    Abby Bardot is a local journalist who finds an injured teenager in the bushland. When she returns with assistance and the teenager is gone, Abby is dertemined to find the mystery surrounding her disappearance, The missing teenager is particularly dear to Abby’s heart as it’s a startling reminder of a horrible experience she endured decades earlier which ultimately led to the abduction of her young best friend. The mystery also bears resemblance to a number of other teenage girls that were murdered twenty years earlier. Unfortunately, the local newspaper Abby works for would rather not delve into the murders for fear of driving tourists away. But with the help of Tom Gabriel, a crime writer who wants to escape the public eye, Abby is determined to uncover the truth.

    With a very good plot, characters that spring to life, descriptive scenery, interesting twists and even a little romance, this is a story that I thoroughly recommend. Thank you Beauty & Lace for this wonderful opportunity.

  14. Abby Bardot works as a journalist and is keen to write an article on three brutal murders from two decades ago, events that have captivated and traumatised her, bringing back her own turbulent memories. Abby befriends a newcomer to town, Tom who is a successful author suffering from writers block. Tom plans to write about the murders and moved to the area to gather information and inspiration for his story. The two form a friendship and together try to piece together the circumstances and identity of the killer that led to tragedy all those years ago.

    This is the first of Anna Romer’s books that I have read and I found the story to be compelling, rich with detailed characters, intriguing plot twists and a story that kept me guessing all the way through. Thank you to Simon & Schuster, and Beauty & Lace Book Club for the opportunity to read this novel. I will endeavour to read Anna Romer’s stories again in future.

  15. Under the midnight sky is a fabulous book, Anna Romer tells a story in a way it’s easily visualised. I would love to visit this imaginary old house full of history. Thank you so much ,I will definitely be putting Anna Romer on my regular reading list.

  16. ‘Under the midnight sky’ by Anna Romer is a well written story that sparked my interest right from the start. I loved the story line and I loved the characters. I enjoyed the mystery of the story and the fact that even though the story is based around a crime in the past and crime in the present and traumatic events the characters experienced the book is written in a way that is enjoyable to read and left you wanting more.

    I enjoyed how Anna weaved within the disturbing base of the story love, romance, and heart- warming scenes. The book also leaves you with the question of what would you do for the people you love in your life?

    This is the first book I have read by Anna Romer, and I look forward to reading more.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for allowing me the opportunity to read and review one of my favourite books this year!

  17. Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer.

    The novel centres around Abby, a journalist who is the main character in the small town of Gundara. Abby felt abandoned as a child when her mother left her and her brother who were then raised by her father., who has since passed away only five months ago. Abby not only had the trauma of her mother leaving when she was younger she went through a major trauma herself when she was twelve. As well as losing a friend.

    There have been young girls missing over the years in the same area, which Abby wants to investigate. Lil and Joe are characters who become very important to the storyline especially Lil. Tom is an author who Abby goes to interview who also is a major character in the book.

    Abby goes for a run one morning, she stumbles across a young unconscious girl who seems injured. Abby’s phone has no signal so she reluctantly leaves the girl to go to another spot to get a signal and call for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrive they find the young girl is gone. Abby will not rest until she knows what happened to the young girl she stumbled across.

    There are many twists and turns in this book. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I will seek out more of Anna’s books to read. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

  18. Thankyou Beauty and Lace and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review ‘Under The Midnight Sky’ by Anna Romer.
    It is a captivating, complex and well written story. There are plots and sub-plots and it also switches between the present and the past. The characters are engaging and believable especially the main protagonists Abby and Tom.
    I read the book really quickly as I couldn’t wait to find out what happens.
    This is the first book by Anna Romer that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I look forward to reading more of her books.

  19. Under The Midnight Sky is the latest book from acclaimed Aussie author, Anna Romer. Beyond The Orchard is the only book I have read previously and Under The Midnight Sky has piqued my interest now in her first two novels, Thornwood House and Lyrebird Hill. Romer’s newest offering immediately got my attention with its stunning cover of a beautiful night sky and a woman looking at a nearby, rural house. I knew from the cover that it would be a dark read and at its heart, Under The Midnight Sky is a crime novel that explores why crimes are committed. Like any good novel, it also delves into problems that are relevant to any time; PTSD, the past, moving on, learning to love again and old age.

    Romer uses the point of view of three protagonists through alternating chapters to investigate the different issues. The first woman I meet was Abby, going for a run. Abby was a journalist who wanted to write about the history of Gundara. Gundara was a woodland area that is haunted by a horrific history. Romer vividly describes the smells, sounds and sights of this isolated place, bringing shivers to my spine. When Abby came across the body of a young girl, she immediately feels a sense of déjà vu as her own childhood was not perfect. Abby leaves the girl to get help but she returned, the girl is gone. From that moment on, Abby was unable to let go of her bad vibes.

    Abby’s crusade to find out who the girl in the woods was, leads her to Tom and Lil. Tom is a crime writer who recently moved into a house with its own potted history. The pair quickly make a connection but Tom has his own demons to conquer. Befriending Tom helps Abby to discover the house’s past, bringing her into the life of the elderly, Lil. Lil appears to be a sweet, little old lady but the more I read, the more I knew that something was not quite right. Even so I could never have guessed the connection between the protagonists. When the connection was brought to life, it made me appreciate Lil’s husband all the more for standing by his wife.

    The last protagonist is an unknown girl. The less said the better because then nothing will be spoiled! Initially, I found three protagonists confusing. Once I worked out that Abby’s story is in the first person, Lil’s and the unknown girls, the third, it was easy to follow the different threads. Watching the threads come together lead to a surprising yet realistic conclusion that was unlike anything I have read before.

    Under The Midnight Sky is a must read for fans of Australian crime fiction who are looking for something unique.

  20. Thank you Beauty & Lace Simon & Schuster & especially Anna Romer for the chance to read & review Under the Midnight Sky.

    What an intriguing read suspense, drama, with a dash of romance thrown in.Tom and Abby are great characters but Lil stands out in the crowd. the storyline is great the way it unfolds even if it does switch from present to past,The ending is so unexpected as it should be catches you unaware.

    Good read and will recommend to all that I can

  21. I can’t thank you enough Beauty & Lace and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review ‘Under The Midnight Sky’ by Anna Romer. Thoroughly loved this book.

    I found it captivating right from the very first chapter and the plot twist in this story was unsuspected.

    A sinister crime story switching from past to present it will keep you captivated until you reach the very last page.

    I was so engrossed in this book I could not put it down and read it overnight.

    This is the first book by Anna Romer that I have read and I enjoyed it so much I will definitely be reading more of her work.

  22. This is my 1st book I have read by author Anna Romer and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me intrigued from the start until the very last page.I initially thought it was going to turn into a predictable romance but I admit I was wrong in my assumptions. the book contains many clever twists and I will be re-reading it from cover to cover to work out “why” I didn’t pick the end. A wonderful read I will be looking our for more of this author’s books. Thank you Simon and Schuster and Beauty and Lace Bookclub for the opportunity to read and review “Under the Midnight Sky” by Anna Romer.

  23. Anna Romer has penned another masterpiece with Under The midnight Sky.
    It grips you from page one and keeps you guessing with all the twists and turns,
    Everytime I thought I knew what had happened, I would be proved wrong.
    Romer has meshed thriller with crime, romance and historical fiction so well the story flows effortlessly.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace, Simon and Schuster and Anna Romer for such a wonderful easy read.
    This book is one of my favourites so far and highly recommended to lovers of all genres.

  24. I don’t have much to add to what has been said in the other reviews – but I will continue to sing the author and books praises!

    Under the Midnight Sky by Anna Romer is an engrossing page turner. It kept me guessing the entire way through and just when I thought I had it worked out there was another twist. I found it hard to stop once I had started to read this book.

    Anna has written some really wonderful and likeable characters with depth and complexity that I enjoyed getting to know.

    I can’t wait to read some more of Anna Romer’s work

  25. I enjoyed one of Anna’s previous books, so I was keen to read Under the Midnight Sky.

    I love books with elements of mystery and crime, so the blurb for this one enticed me. There isn’t a huge amount of characters but most of them are pretty likable, particularly the main character Abby and the secondary Tom. It was an interesting read that showed us the story from Abby’s perspective and then sometimes from Tom’s which allowed us to see how they both felt.

    Abby is out to find the answer to something that has been disturbing her since she was a child. She is on a mission and to try get some headway, she needs to win an interview with local writer and recluse Tom. Prior to meeting Tom, while out on a run Abby comes across an injured girl who then disappears while she is getting help. Abby is convinced that the girl needs saving so this is the first mystery she tries to solve. When Abby is at Tom’s house, she comes across evidence from years long ago which screams of foul play and intrigues her to find answers giving her a second mystery to solve. As the story progresses it is clear Abby’s answer and the two mysteries are intertwined in unexpected ways, and the ending is one that I really didn’t see coming.

    I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it. While it is a great mystery and crime read, it’s also a good one if you want to ease into this genre as there are also a few other themes running through the novel.

  26. This was the first of Anna Romer’s books that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mystery and suspense, the twists and turns, the clever way in which Lil’s story intertwines with Abby’s past, and the love story that also evolves with Tom.
    I must admit that at first I was sceptical of the way Tim and Abby were thrust together, but in a situation like that there isn’t much choice is there?!
    The characters are well developed and you are able to feel empathy in some way for all of them. This was book that I didn’t want to put down, and was impressed with the way that all loose ends were tied for me and I felt satisfied with the end.
    Would happily read more from this author!

  27. Thank you BeautyandLace and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to review “Under The Midnight Sky” by Anna Romer. This is a very chilling story with many interesting twists that keep you in suspense with a surprise ending. A local journalist Abby Bardot is determined to expose the tragic history of the local township of Gundara. She is desperate to learn the truth of the bushland murders and to also put her own demons to rest. She enlists the help of Tom Gabriel, a reclusive crime writer which sparks an interesting relationship which also keeps you intrigued. Little did they both know that where Tim lives holds the key to solving the murders and to find a missing girl alive. The author’s illustrative narrative of story setting raises mixed emotions of fear, sadness, happiness and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am looking forward to reading all the other books that Anna Romer has written.
    Thank you once again

  28. An intriguing thriller crime story that is told from both present and flashbacks . The author painted the story with mystery keeping the reader engaged to find out which direction the story will go.

    An eery feel among the pages especially when the diary entries became about .

    The author has spaced out the story to keep the reader engaged , given is vivid descriptions within the storyline and enough to keep us strung along .

    My first read by this author will be adding her to my list of future authors to check out .

  29. Under the Midnight Sky was my first Anna Romer book and boy did it keep me guessing! The backstory took a little to fill out, but I enjoyed putting the pieces together and having it all finally click.

    As some other reviewers have mentioned, I had many incorrect guesses of the villain and in saying that this book also challenges your concept of a villain.

    Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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