First Snow, last Light, is an epic family mystery with a
powerful twist of an ending that also marks the return of Sheilagh Fielding,
one of the most memorable characters in fiction.
Fourteen-year-old Ned Vatcher walks home from school in the
chill hush that precedes the first winter storm of 1936 to find the house
locked, the family car missing and his parents gone. What happened to the
Vanished Vatchers? His father, Edgar, born to a poor family of fishermen, had
risen to become the right-hand man to the colony’s prime minister, and then
suffered an unexpected fall from grace. His mother, Megan, had spiralled into despair.
Was it murder? Was it Suicide? Had they run away, leaving their only child