Is it more dangerous to forget ... or to remember?

The Lost Summers of Driftwood

Phoebe’s life has fallen apart and there’s only one place left to go. Alone and adrift after a failed marriage proposal, she flees Sydney to her family’s abandoned holiday cottage. On the slow-moving river Phoebe is confronted with the legacy of her older sister’s suicide, a year before. Why did Karin leave a note written in flowers and walk into the water?

Phoebe’s childhood love, Jez, has moved back to the beautiful old house, Driftwood, one jetty down. He’s married now and the home has become a refuge for an unlikely little community. As the river begins to give up its secrets, Phoebe finds herself caught up in old feelings and new mysteries. The Lost Summers of Driftwood is a story of lost loves, rekindled passions, tragedy and betrayal set against the backdrop of an idyllic south coast town.

Artwork by Nina Paine, inspired by The Lost Summers of Driftwood

About Vanessa

Vanessa McCausland studied English and Australian Literature at Sydney University and graduated with honours in Theatre and Performance Studies. She has worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years, including as a news and arts journalist for the Daily Telegraph, and her writing has appeared in numerous other publications. Vanessa lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter.