On Valentine's day, 1900 group of young women from an exclusive boarding school are treated to a picnic in the bush. It is a lovely day, and the girls are excited at the chance for a break from their daily routine. But, when four girls go for a walk for a closer look at Hanging Rock, tragedy strikes. Three of the four fail to return and Edith, the one who does, has no recollection of what befell her friends. At the same time one of the teachers accompanying the girls also disappears. In the days and weeks following, the mystery surrounding their disappearance grows, and the subsequent effect ripples throughout the community.
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by Yvonne Lindsay
by Lindsay McKenna
by Michelle Douglas
by Lindsay Mattick
by Joan Johnston
by Joan Criddle
"On Valentine's Day in the year 1900, three young ladies from a boarding school go missing during a class excursion to the famous Australian landmark Hanging Rock. The mystery is never solved, and the events that follow are disturbing, even bordering on supernatural. Jacqueline McKenzie portrays every character with subtle perfection. Her soft Australian accent is almost hypnotic, and haunting flute music between chapters adds to the mysterious air. Listeners won't find a satisfying ending in this story--which is part of its draw--but they will hear melodious language and thought-provoking scenes. Those who are interested in the history of this well-known Australian novel should know that this is the original version, which doesn't include the author's posthumously published explanation. M.M.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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