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The highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times and #1 Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a sweeping saga that begins with a shocking crime that echoes across continents and generations.

Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959

At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek in the grounds of a grand country house, a local man makes a terrible discovery. Police are called, and the small town of Tambilla becomes embroiled in one of the most baffling murder investigations in the history of South Australia.

Many years later and thousands of miles away, Jess is a journalist in search of a story. Having lived and worked in London for nearly two decades, she now finds herself unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. A phone call summons her back to Sydney, where her beloved grandmother, Nora, who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and is seriously ill in hospital.

At Nora’s house, Jess discovers a true crime book chronicling a long-buried police case: the Turner Family Tragedy of 1959. It is only when Jess skims through its pages that she finds a shocking connection between her own family and this notorious event—a murder mystery that has never been satisfactorily resolved.

An epic story that spans generations, Homecoming asks what we would do for those we love, how we protect the lies we tell, and what it means to come home. Above all, it is an intricate and spellbinding novel from one of the finest writers working today.

About The Author

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Kate Morton is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, The Lake House, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. Her books are published in thirty-eight languages and have been #1 bestsellers worldwide. Born and raised in Australia, she holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature, and now lives with her family in London and Australia. Visit her online at or on Facebook and Instagram at @KateMortonAuthor.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 4, 2023)
  • Length: 560 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982149352

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Raves and Reviews

“[A]n eerie epic involving a wealthy family’s mysterious deaths in Adelaide Hills, South Australia. . . . This is Morton’s best yet.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A new book from bestseller Morton is always a treat . . . Morton keeps the secrets coming, leading up to a powerful, emotional conclusion. This is storytelling at its finest.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Morton’s layered writing leaves surprises for even the keenest of detectives.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[A] mystery lover’s delight.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“[T]he sixth novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Morton examines family ties, secrets, the complexity of motherhood, and how the truth always finds a way out.”
Reader’s Digest



“[A] beautiful saga that reads like Gone with the Wind set in Australia.”

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