Jane Sullivan reviews 'Half Moon Lake' by Kirsten Alexander

Jane Sullivan reviews 'Half Moon Lake' by Kirsten Alexander

Half Moon Lake

by Kirsten Alexander

Bantam, $32.99 pb, 336 pp, 9780143792062

What is it that so fascinates us about lost children? Whether fact or fiction, their stories keep surfacing: Azaria Chamberlain, Jaidyn Leskie, the Beaumont children, or the schoolgirls Joan Lindsay dreamed up for her 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock. Indeed, those girls have wafted through so many subsequent incarnations in books, a play, a film, and a television series that some people are convinced they were real and that the story of their disappearance is true.

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Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan

Jane Sullivan has been a print journalist in Britain and Australia for more than forty years. Her column about books and writing, ‘Turning Pages’, appears every Saturday in The Age. Her latest novel is Little People (2011).

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