Best Novel, 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards
Something is drawing Jena Benedict’s family to darkness. Her mother, father, brother and baby sister are killed in a barn fire, and grandmother Rose banishes Jena from the farm. Now, twenty years on, Rose is dying, and Jena returns home wanting answers about what really happened on the night of the fire and why she was sent away.
Will, Rose’s live-in caregiver, has similar questions. He hunts for the supernatural, and he knows something sinister lurks in the Benedict homestead. Together, Jena and Will unearth the mysteries around a skull, a pocket-watch, a tale of the Dark Man and a tiding of magpies. And in doing so, they set loose an evil entity determined to destroy Rose and her whole clan. Full of tension and psychological thrills, Butcherbird is a novel about uncovering truths and unshackling guilt.
August 2, 2021
138 x 210 mm
ISBN (Soft Cover)
"I often found myself reading ‘just one more chapter’ – not because of cheap cliff-hangers but because I, like Jena, desperately wanted to know what exactly the evil hunting her was. "
"Hart injects a sense of Hitchcock into many of the magpie scenes here, as the magpies lurk and herd, and generally act like creepy little beasts of indeterminate violence, which is pretty much what a magpie is."
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