THE WAY FROM HERE
Jane Cockram was born and educated in Australia, where she studied Journalism at RMIT. After completing postgraduate studies in Publishing and Communication at Melbourne University, she worked in the publishing industry, fulfilling a childhood dream of reading for a living.
Cockram spent a year living in the West Country of England, where The House of Brides is set, and still daydreams about returning.
In the meantime, she resides in Melbourne with her husband and two children. The House of Brides is her debut novel.
A cache of letters from beyond the grave leads a bereaved sister on a journey from Australia to an idyllic French coastal town – and back in time to a golden summer where it all went wrong. An addictive, atmospheric and evocative mystery that examines how we become who we are and whether we can truly know those we love.
Growing up, the Anderson sisters were close, even though they were different. Susie, the wild one, wanted an adventurous life while Mills followed a safer path.
When Susie dies suddenly from a fall when hanging a string of lights for her fortieth birthday party, Mills is grief-stricken, even though they had drifted apart. Then Mills receives a bundle of mysterious letters from her sister to be read in the case of her death. Each letter instructs her to visit a place special to Susie, both to spread her ashes but also to uncover some truths Susie has long kept hidden from her family. Truths that seem to date back to one golden summer in an idyllic French coastal town, where a dark and shocking event was the beginning of an unravelling thread. A thread that leads both to Mills’ present and her mother Margaret’s past.
What choices connect the past to the present? What family secrets will surface and change the future?
In this twisty, evocative mystery, Jane Cockram flips the looking glass to reveal the lines of deception and love, truth and regret that run through families.