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Jane Harper

What a writer.

The Lost Man is the third novel by Jane Harper and l have now read all three. Starting with The Dry and then moving on to Force of Nature, l have been blown away by the great storylines, quality of writing and brilliant use of the Australian landscape. The landscape is integral to each story and Jane Harper uses it with the same skill as Tim Winton (another Australian writer whom l admire).

The Dry introduces the reader to Aaron Falk, a Federal Police Officer who returns to his hometown to investigate a multiple murder. This was the standout first novel by Jane Harper and it’s a great read.

Force of Nature is another crime that involves Aaron Falk. It is completely different from the first story, but, again, a real page turner. A group of women are missing in a National Park and Falk is sent to help find them.

The Lost Man is a stand alone novel that involves the death of a man from dehydration in Central Queensland. He is the middle of three brothers and the circumstances of his death are mysterious. Another great read.

I will keep reading Jane Harper books. She is a very talented writer who comes up with original ideas and turns them into well written books. The storylines flow with ease, her use of language and sentence structure sound and the story keeps the reader engaged until the very end.

I highly recommend all three novels. Start as l did, with The Dry and then Force of Nature before reading The Lost Man.

I hope you enjoy them as much as l did:)

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What can l say about The Husband’s Secret other than it is just as good as the first Liane Moriarty book l read. She is a true master of her craft.

I found this book to be Sydney centric and very much set in world of Tupperware and the middle class, which could have made it very limited in scope. This never happened because of Liane Moriarty’s deft hand at forming an enthralling story. You care about the characters and there is not one superfluous word or line .

The story revolves around three women and a long forgotten letter. Cecila, Tess and Rachel have lives that intersect through a school in Sydney; Cecila, the high achiever(and very successful Tupperware lady), Tess, the professional career woman who’s husband tells her he’s in love with someone else( driving her back to Sydney) and Rachel, who’s daughter Janie’s murder remains unsolved.

Liane Moriarty has cleverly managed to craft a compelling story around these three women which leaves the reader interested until the very end. She really is a wonderful writer.

My thanks to Angela for lending me this book. She has lent me another and l’m going for three out of three great books.

Who else loves Liane Moriarty books?

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A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Another audio book. The trains are running as normal again and l’m enjoying listening to my books while on the move.

Tom comes home from work to find his wife missing. She has been in a car accident that has left her with amnesia. Added to the mystery is a murder that happened very near to the accident scene.

This is the basis of what could have been a brilliant mystery. Overall the story is good, but, the best part of it is the ending; never saw that coming. I was a little disappointed with some the characters. They seemed to be cut out walking, talking suspects. I think they could have been fleshed out more and the writing could have been crisper.

It’s not the best mystery l’ve read nor is it the worst. I would say it’s a middle of the road that is still worth a read. It hasn’t put me off trying another of her novels. I’ve heard good things about this author and everyone can have an off day.

So, maybe a 3 out 5.

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The Wrong Door by Bunty Avieson



Who was the woman in red?

What a clever novel made all the more interesting with the reading by Fleur Dean. Claire and Gwenie dominate the book. A service is being held for Gwenie’s husband Pete when Claire walks in dressed in red. Who is she and why is she at this service.

The author has taken the idea of someone walking into the wrong funeral service and played with it, displaying a talent for storytelling. The book is steeped in death and grief, but, never becomes maudlin or depressing. Life and living are central to the story.

Fleur Dean’s tone of voice reinforces the quality of writing and helps set the mood of the novel. The pace is good as is the language and structure. Listening to it as a talking book certainly made the long trips to work more enjoyable. There was a smile on my face when l finished it and thought, what a clever idea.

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Nice Girl by Rachael Jane Chin

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you’re all able to take a rest and maybe do some reading??

Nice Girl is the true story of Keli Lane who became pregnant 5 times, carried 3 babies to full term, adopted 2 out and one, Teagan Lane who disappeared without a trace in 1996.

This well researched book lays out the facts in an orderly, chronological order. Keli Lane is currently in jail serving an 18 year sentence for the murder of Teagan Lane. Chin has been following the case since 2005 and has written a very interesting book. That’s because this is a very interesting case.

Keli Lane was an elite water polo player( meaning she spent a lot of time in bathers). Her parents, friends and boyfriend all claim that they did not know she was pregnant for an of the pregnancies. What is known is that the 1st, and 3rd, child was adopted out and the 2nd( Teagan ) was born on Thursday September 12th. Keli and her baby left the hospital on Saturday September 14th without alerting, or telling anyone she was going. To this day she claims she then handed over Teagan to her father. No trace of Teagan, or the father, has ever been found.

Such an interesting story, and , if you would like to know more l recommend you read this book. It’s certainly a page turner.

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Reading

Spinning Silver

Fantasy is not a genre l normally think of when choosing something to read. It’s not a genre l generally like, but, as l’m travelling a lot lately it’s ebooks and audio books that l’m reading.

I picked Spinning Silver out of a list and l’m glad l did. It’s a good story told well.

Naomi Novik has created a world that is ruled by Tsar’s, Princes, Demons ,the Staryk and moneylenders. Miryem is the daughter of the local moneylender who lives in the village of Vysnia. It is being kept in perpetual Winter by the Staryk who come in the night. Miryem has a special skill that can turn silver into gold and it is this ability, along with her becoming the moneylender, that drives the story forward.

Novik makes good use of descriptive writing and fleshed out characters to build her world. The pace keeps moving and the story kept me engaged until the end. A good choice to read after all.

Perhaps it’s time l started reading more fantasy.

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Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, pictured above with the resplendent bookmark l used, is the first book that l have read by this author. I did see the t.v. production of Big Little Lies and thought it brilliant.

Reading this book has made me want to now read all her books. What a storyteller. Nine strangers attend the Tranquillum House health resort which promises healing and transformation. Led by the charismatic leader Masha, these nine motley characters have no idea what’s in store for them.

I was hooked from the very first page. The pace of story, character development and quality of writing are all top class. It’s a book that makes you want to keep turning the pages. There’s humour, pathos and a little bit of mystery all rolled into one in a very well told story.

It may be the first Liane Moriarty book l have read but it won’t be the last.