The Breaking Wave

The Breaking Wave

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Returning home to his family's Australian sheep station to take the place of his dead brother, Alan Duncan finds his homecoming marred by the suicide of his parents' parlor maid. After he discovers the woman was his brother's fiance, Alan sets out to piece together the tragic events.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307474025
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHUTE 2010
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 21 cm


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Alan Duncan’s happy return to his parents prosperous sheep farm in Australia is spoiled by the apparent suicide of their beloved housekeeper. Alan embarks on a quest to discover her true identity and her real place in the Duncan household.

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Nov 16, 2015

I rated good & thoroughly enjoyed this read, although I'm sure many would find it too 'old fashioned'. NS writes with clarity, directness, great description & progression in tale. First published in UK as Requiem for a Wren he remains one of my favorite 20C writers. I'm pleased SPL offers this in Ebook for those needing larger print. I'd forgotten this book & was so surprised in reading such familiar locations, knowing exactly where he described - except Australia.

Aug 28, 2015

Published in USA under the title The Breaking Wave

A bit more on the romantic side than most but still one of Nevil Shute's best stories.

The main character, Janet Prentice is one of Shute's most fully fleshed out characters, a real person that we grow to care very much about. Shute also does one of his best jobs of coming at the story from two widely separated viewpoints and bringing the two threads together very skillfully.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes Shute's stories.


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