Cedar Valley


Rating: ☕☕ 4/5 teacups


He strolled down Valley Road, only briefly, past the hairdresser and a small cafe. A warm wind stirred, carrying with it the faint smell of pies and horses, and the man paused for just a moment before he sat down. Benny Miller would have driven right past him in her station wagon on that bright and brimming day.’

On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley.

One is a calm looking man in a brown suit. He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Oldwares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.

The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller. Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died. Vivian’s mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.

Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny’s quest to learn more about her mother? Holly Throsby is the perfect guide as Cedar Valley and its inhabitants slowly reveal their secrets.


My Review

Cedar Valley is brimming with intrigue. Seriously this book had me hooked from the first chapter. There are aspects of it that lend themself non-fiction, namely the Somerton Man. I hadn’t heard of this real life mystery, but you would be correct to assume that I Googled like a machine (assuming a machine Google’s… 🙄) to find out more information. Wow that story is bizarre and a simply a brilliant foundation for a novel.

On to the characters. Benny is charming, if a little lost. She is searching for ways to connect to her deceased mother and uncovers a few secrets. I really liked how Benny is weaved into the intricacies of the township. The histories of families knowing one another is very reminiscent of real small twin life. was fantastic. Aside from Benny I really took to Cora. She is a nice contrasting imperfect character.

This books is a must read for mystery lovers. It is extremely well executed and Throsby certainly brings the story to life.


Where to buy a copy:

📗 Booktopia

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Happy reading x

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