Posted in Books, Reading

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.

Posted in Books, Reading, True Crime

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.

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One Sunday

Trying to sleep on a hot Summer’s night. The futility of tossing and turning, lying still, trying to relax when the very air around you is stifling.

Joy Dettman’s first chapter is all about local policeman ‘Tommo’ trying desperately to sleep and she has managed to capture that feeling of desperation so well.

The action for this novel all happens on one day, One Sunday. A body is found and it’s up to Tommo to find the culprit. The novel is set in a small town in country Australia several years after the First World War. There is no modern policing; no forensics , no cars (Tommo rides a bicycle) and the carnage of the War. This town, like so many small Australian towns ( including the one l grew up in) has lost sons in the prime of their lives or had broken and damaged men coming back.

Dettman describes the country well. Her characters are believable, the quality of writing good and a story that kept me guessing until the end. That’s what you want in a good mystery.

A good one to read if you’re interested in Australian history.

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.

Posted in Life

I’m tired

No book review today.

I’m working away from home with train outages and a long commute of 5/6 hours each day. It means plenty of time to read, but, by the time l get home l’m so tired. In fact, l’m falling asleep while typing this.

It’s the weekend and l’m going to recharge the batteries and catch up with my posting. There are 3 to be written, the first one coming on Monday. So, although it’s only 7.30 l’m off to bed. Enjoy your weekend.

Happy reading:)

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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.

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The Life-Changing Magic of……..

Ok, l admit, it was the title that caught my attention. Whoever thought of it deserves a gold star as it does stand out.

I had never heard of Sarah Knight , but, since reading this book l looked for other books she has written and they seem to be along the same lines as this one. The book is written with a humorous tone and the use of language suits the style, and flow, of the book. I’m not going to suddenly saying l don’t give a ****. I don’t use that kind of language, but, many do.

If you’re upset with profanity this probably isn’t the book for you. I found it a bit of a giggle with some sound advice and the tip to never be a jerk( my word, not Sarah’s). Will l read her other books, probably not, but, that doesn’t mean l didn’t like this one.

Happy reading:)