Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica


By Ann Turner
Simon & Schuster - $32.99

New from the bestselling author of The Lost Swimmer

comes a tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica.

When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever

Despite new life thriving in the icy wilderness, the whaling station is brimming with awful reminders of its bloody, violent past, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely.

On a diving expedition, Laura is separated from her colleague. She emerges into an ice cave where, through the blue shadows, she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help.

But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura begins to sense that her own eyes cannot be trusted. Is her mind playing tricks? Has she been in the ice too long?

Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by unhelpful scientists, unused to questions from an outsider. And Laura just can’t shake
what happened in the ice cave.

Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced all
around the globe, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she sees the dark side of endeavour and human nature,
she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way... out of the ice.


Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes and the people who inhabit
them all over the world. She is a passion­ate gardener. Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart – which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest
direc­torial debuts of all time, Hammers Over the Anvil starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts. Ann was born in Adelaide and lives in Victoria. www.annturnerauthor.com 

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