“Turtle Valley has all the hallmarks of the author’s previous bestsellers. . . . It zooms into the heart of rural life, with its family ties and rivalries, while ripping open the doors of family closets and letting the insecurities, eccentricities and dark secrets pour out. . . . Another suspenseful page-turner.”
—The Vancouver Sun
Gail Anderson-Dargatz's thrilling forth novel marks her return to the landscape she charted so brilliantly in her beloved international bestseller, The Cure for Death by Lightning.
The story -- of love and land and memory - is propelled by the progress of a forest fire that sends flames raining down from the hills surrounding the peaceful and secluded Turtle Valley. Disillusioned with a marriage that has been severely tested by illness and exhausted by the demands of care-giving, Kat returns to her childhood home with her husband and young son in order to help her aging parents prepare to leave. As she sorts through her parents' belongings and wrestles with the question of what to save and what to leave behind, Kat finds in her grandmother's tattered carpet bag a clue to a decades-old family mystery involving the disappearance of her grandfather, John.
As she tries to unravel the tangled threads of her family's past -- urgently, because the fire is starting to move into the valley and authorities have placed area residents on a ten-minute evacuation alert – Kat uncovers the terrifying story of what really happened and discovers startling parallels between her grandmother’s life and her own. As she does so, she also renews an old friendship -- with a man who makes her wonder about possibilities she thought were long gone.
Sure to be remembered as one of her most haunting and magical novels yet, Turtle Valley is a page-turner filled with the lush descriptions, ghostly manifestations, and dark poetry that has made Gail Anderson-Dargatz an international literary sensation.