The River Child

Standing beside Elise’s grave, Siobhan Montrell remembers how her mother finally blew the perfect smoke ring on the day that Elise disappeared. Remembers the day that would change and define her life forever.

The toddler’s body was found in the river near Gables Guesthouse. Only eleven years old at the time, Siobhan has carried the guilt of Elise’s death with her since that day.

Twenty-eight years later, Siobhan returns to Rachley Island, having inherited Gables — guesthouse and family home — from her aunt. Cleaning the property to prepare it for sale, she discovers an old book in which her aunt used to draw and write, revealing the truth about the tragic drowning.

The River Child is a tale of grief and guilt, deceit and secrets, and ultimately forgiveness.

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Book Details

Weight 400 g

280 pages







Release date

17 November 2021




Odyssey Books

About The Author

Jo Tuscano

Jo Tuscano

Jo Tuscano is an author of both fiction and non-fiction. Jo taught English and ESL for twenty years before deciding to write full-time. Her first co-authored book, Back on the Block, was published in 2009. Jo is a content creator at, designing programs that use cross-cultural and Aboriginal learning methods. Jo works as an editor and has a passion for collaborating with First Nations people to bring their stories to light.


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