by Steven Horne
Pan Macmillan Australia. Australian, Adult Fiction, History. Paperback rrp $32.99
For close to twenty-five years Cesar and Ana create a life in Australia, whilst Helena endures a life that no-one could ever want. Although Helena is not dead she wishes she was. She and her two daughters live a life of poverty and degradation, surrounded by tragedy. Helena believes Cesar and her other daughter are dead and with a sadistic warlord stalking her and her daughters, she tries to hide and scrape together a miserable life.
When Abby and David, an Australian journalist and photographer, visit the killing fields of Timor, they become entwined in the da Silva family story.
The Devil’s Tears is an important book. Although fiction, eyes will be opened to the plight of the people of Timor. A moving book of love, loss, anguish, mystery and crime. The only time you will put it down is when you have turned the last page. Brilliant.