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In a small town, everyone is watching.... Secrets, scandal, and betrayal in 1950s small-town Australia: the stunning new novel from best seller Belinda Alexandra.

She had thought Shipwreck Bay was simply a remote town where people were bored senseless with their little lives. Now she saw its virtuous facade hid something darker, more sinister.

Rebecca Wood takes the role as postmistress in a sleepy seaside town, desperate for anonymity after a scandal in Sydney. But she is confronted almost at once by a disturbing discovery - her predecessor committed suicide.

To add to her worries, her hopes for a quiet life are soon threatened by the attentions of the dashing local doctor, the unsettling presence of a violent whaling captain and a corrupt shire secretary, as well as the watchful eyes of the town's gossips. Yet in spite of herself, she is drawn to the enigmatic resident of the house on the clifftop, rumored to have been a Nazi spy.

Against the backdrop of the turbulent sea, Rebecca is soon caught up in the dangerous mysteries that lie behind Shipwreck Bay's respectable net curtains.

"This intriguing mystery with its gothic undertones, its salute to Du Maurier's Rebecca, and its melange of colourful characters will have readers racing through the pages, trying to piece together the puzzles that have long haunted Shipwreck Bay. They'll also be cheering for main character Rebecca as she struggles against the societal norms of 1950s Australia, fighting to be true to her unconventional self, and to forgive herself - and to perhaps even find happiness." (Natasha Lester, best-selling author of The Paris Secret)

©2020 Belinda Alexandra (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Didn’t meet expectations

Loved this author’s previous novels but found this very disappointing and shallow, was expecting more. The storyline felt hastily put together and didn’t feel credible.

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Thrilling mystery.

As always a beautiful story from Belinda Alexandra. Gripping story of a young lady trying to redeem herself and her reputation only to be put in a thrilling mystery of small town relationships, gossip and murder.

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On the edge of your seat book

great story with lots of suspense..great characters and a twist at the end. highly recommend this book

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