A spine chilling mystery and love story, played out in a wild Australian setting.
Wrought with sensuousness, these unforgettable characters will take you on a dark and dreamlike journey into the boundaries of love and our concept of belonging.
Published in 2018 (MidnightSun), Beneath the Mother Tree was listed as a top Australian fiction read by South Australia’s Weekend Magazine, longlisted for the 2019 Davitt Awards and a finalist in the Screen Queensland/QWC Adaptable program.
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‘A masterly evocation of place…Read it as an allegorical tale or just enjoy a rattling good yarn of young love, small community dynamics, obsession and mystery.’ The Weekend Australian.
‘I related strongly to this novel and found it interesting how old stories, beliefs and respect of the earth sits with today’s world overdevelopment and technology. This would perhaps appeal to fans of Hannah Kent’s The Good People’ Book Bonding Bookstore.
‘I enjoyed this novel, gobbling most of it up over an afternoon…Cameron is an evocative new voice in Australian literature’ Ashleigh Meikle. The Book Muse
‘This is a tangled story of faith, love and nature. I found it instantly compelling, and its clever blend of mystery, myth and romance means this novel has something for most readers. Beautifully written and absolutely captivating. Highly recommend.’ Krystallee 6363. Top 20 Goodreads Reviewer
‘It’s hard to believe that DM Cameron is a debut novelist. The story and characters were beautifully and skilfully formed – that of a much more experienced writer. And the setting was magical in itself, so immersive you felt like you were there with the characters.’ Jodi Gibson (writer/blogger)
‘If you want a read that will transport you into another world that makes you feel and remember and be afraid but thrilled and amazed….order this book. I haven’t been transported by a novel like this for ages.’ Nikki McWatters.
‘Excellent Stuff– a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.’ Sallyfromoz, Books and Musings from Down Under.
‘This is captivating literature, beautifully expressed and a delight to read…I truly enjoyed every page of this book.’
The Compulsive Reader. Carl Delprat.
‘Cameron’s debut is a charming and mystical flight of fancy; the writing bewitching as she weaves a web of intrigue.’ Adelaide Advertiser.
‘The story flies, dream-like, through fantastical possibilities whilst remaining firmly grounded with a real-life narrative of mystery… It reminded me a little of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart’ Cass Moriarty.
‘An amazing debut that is sensitively written, evocative, and dreamy, at times with a childlike innocence that beguiles the reader…a powerful story unlike any other I have read.’ Reading, Writing and Riesling.
‘Beneath the Mother Tree is a fresh, thoroughly Australian debut…Overall a great, absorbing read – I hope Cameron is working on another book!’ Where the Books Go.
‘The story speaks to me on a level that I haven’t had in some time…I highly recommend this novel for lovers of intrigue, contemporary love stories and enthusiasts of Australian literature…Cameron teases out the story with just enough pace and foreshadowing that I just could not put it down.’ Zoe Butler, Glam Adelaide Magazine.
**‘A compelling page-turner that will transport readers to a world populated with characters who are as mysterious and gripping as their Australian landscape.’ Tiffany McDaniel, author of Betty and the Not-the-Booker Prize winning novel The Summer that Melted Everything.
**‘A seductive, dark, contemporary fairy tale thrumming with a fierce, beguiling energy.’ Kim Lock, author of The Three of Us
**‘Soulful and dreamlike, and utterly original. Here is a slice of Australia as you’ve never seen her before.’ Kim Kelly, author of Lady Bird & The Fox
**‘From the first page, this book held me in its thrall. As sultry and immersive as a tropical night.’ Ilka Tampke, author of Skin