SHARP SHOOTER - Marianne Delacourt
Tara Sharp is a newish entrant in the Australian amateur investigator / mad cap girl / chick lit style of crime fiction. With the added extra of a bit of paranormal ability, as in aura reading.
There's been a lot of entrants in this sort of slightly out of control, breathlessly 20-something, girl on the run, living in straightened circumstances, forging a way in the world type books recently, although I'm struggling to think of another one that has that added paranormal feature (that's not to say that there's not lots and lots of them out there). Tara's not overtly annoying, and the aura reading seemed unexceptional in the context of her character and her life. Some of the fem-jep aspects got a little tiresome after a while, as did the line up of expected clichés - clothes, boys, crushes and love affairs, living back with the parents and so on. Mind you, Mona the Monaro is a fantastic touch!
To be fair, this is not my sort of book. Having said that, for something that I normally wouldn't read it was okay, and it is good to know that there are some local offerings out there. If you're a fan of this sort of lighter, chick-lit styled book, then SHARP SHOOTER should be just the ticket.
Tara Sharp should be just another unemployable, twenty-something, private school girl but she can see people’s auras.
The trouble is, auras sometimes tell you things people don’t want you to know. When Tara reads crime boss Johnny Vogue’s aura, she’s sucked into an underworld ‘situation’ that sees her running for her life.
The carpark was chockers so I had to park Mona up the hill. That gave me time to brush my hair and re-lippy in private. But by the time I’d run down the hill, catching the beachfront gale head on, my good work was undone. My plan to enter the foyer looking groomed and pimped had turned into panic-at-the-disco.