Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter

Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter


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Peta's Review

Set against the backdrop of the 19th century WA pearling industry, this quest narrative follows Eliza and her search for her missing father. Eliza is fearless and determined.

Pook's extensive research is very evident in the clarity of her descriptions of this imposing and threatening landscape.

A good holiday read or for bookclub discussions.


Publisher Reviews

'With a dauntless heroine, a vivid portrayal of a multi-racial community and its cruel underside, and captivating descriptions of uniquely beautiful and perilous tropical environs, it's an unusually lush historical adventure.' Sydney Morning Herald

'If you like your historical fiction with a dose of mystery, you'll love this.' Daily Telegraph

'Intricate and mesmerising, overall a fascinating insight into 19th century Western Australia.' Historical Novel Society
'Pook's debut is a lively tale with a gutsy, likeable heroine.' Sunday Times

Immersive storytelling, a rollicking mystery and a take-no-prisoners heroine.' Stylist Magazine
'A stunning debut' Charmaine Wilkerson, author of Black Cake

'An absolute gem.' Women's Weekly (UK)

A luscious, mysterious, adventure novel set in the halcyon days of Australia's lucrative pearl industry . . . Pook spins an expert tale of corruption, fate and family.' Adriana Trigiani, author of The Good Left Undone

'Gritty, lyrical, breathtaking. I couldn't put it down' Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker's Gift

'A lush mystery with a vivid and unique setting, wonderous prose, layered characters and a satisfying end. Pook has crafted a historical adventure I won't forget!' T.A. Willberg, author of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

'A compelling, atmospheric mystery. Brilliantly manages to recognise the injustices of colonialism and the pearling industry, alongside a rollicking adventure. A sure-fire hit.' Kate Sawyer, author of The Stranding

In her atmospheric novel, Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter, Pook draws the reader into life in 1890s Western Australia in all its gritty reality, with her mesmerizing, poetic language-a vibrant page-turner not to be missed.' Leslie Howard, author of The Brideship Wife

'A jewel of a book by a uniquely compelling new voice in historical mystery.' Susanna Kearsley, author of The Firebird and The Vanished Days