AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en Rain Fall, Ella West https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/rain-fall-ella-west <div data-history-node-id="14901" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Rain Fall, Ella West </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, February 18, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Hands up those of us raised on a reading diet of Trixie Belden and the Famous Five, who sneakily always wondered why nothing "interesting" ever happened at home. RAIN FALL is a young adult novel set in rural, green, lush New Zealand, in a place that did seem strikingly similar to the green hills of England.</p> <p>Annie lives with her parents in the small, isolated community, a horse obsessed teenager, who loves her glorious Chestnut gelding. When she meets young professional rodeo rider Jack Robertson, a romantic attachment starts to build, complicated by the fact that Jack's in town temporarily because his father is investigating the suspected homicide of Annie's neighbour.</p> <p>The novel is an interesting undertaking - part teenage romance, part social flux and part murder mystery. Teenage romance as outlined above, social flux because the area is basically a coal town, Annie's father works in the industry and the push from society to move away from coal energy means that the ever present threat of retrenchment and lifestyle upheaval hangs over the town. And then there's the mysterious death of the neighbour that Annie grew up with.</p> <p>The balance between society in flux and the murder at the heart of the town is nicely achieved in this novel, helped by very authentic characters and a good plot that doesn't dwell on the soppy or the icky too much at any point. The portrait of a town struggling with massive social change is particularly well executed, using the observations of a young girl trying to come to turns with so much change as the viewing port for everything. It's overwhelming, and yet educational, it's confusing and so often crystal clear.</p> <p>Nicely done, without veering into the thriller territory suggested by the blurb, this is perhaps on the slightly lighter side than you'd expect from the subject matter. Subject matter that perhaps isn't as indepth and "sciency" as you'd like when you're four times the age of the intended market and more than a bit twitchy about climate science denial. But that's not the point, and you can definitely see RAIN FALL appealing enormously to young readers from the horse obsessed group in particular.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14484" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/rain-fall" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/rain-fall.jpg?itok=uR-tuEWD" width="143" height="220" alt="Rain Fall" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/ella-west" hreflang="en">Ella West</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781760296834</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I'm not running late like I usually am. Maybe that's why I look in the river, maybe that's why I stop when I see it. A dark-coloured raincoat, the arms spread wide, floating, hood-first down the river. </p> <p>And then it starts to rain.</p> <p>Fifteen-year-old Annie needs to get to her basketball match, but the police have cordoned off her road. Is her neighbour, who she grew up with, still alive? What has he done to have the police after him? </p> <p>A murder investigation brings new people to Annie's wild West Coast town, including a dark-haired boy riding the most amazing horse she has ever seen. But Annie is wary of strangers, especially as her world is beginning to crumble around her. In setting out to discover the truth Annie uncovers secrets that could rip the small community apart.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4909" hreflang="en">Rain Fall</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4583" hreflang="en">Ella West</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--3--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--3--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--3--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-3a546bcf6f64ca8c1d0f464dfbdd5378b7095d8abdf73ebb411cf3f5756c50db"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/rain-fall-ella-west" hreflang="en">Rain Fall, Ella West</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 18, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2019-ngaio-marsh-awards-longlist" hreflang="en">2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, June 13, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14901&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="wa4rMDT4BnBM4fcBgla5YnuSDnoEsnzWrWzuMzr2k-8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:06:38 +0000 Karen 14901 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/rain-fall-ella-west#comments A Tropical Cure, John Hollenkamp https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/tropical-cure-john-hollenkamp <div data-history-node-id="14899" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> A Tropical Cure, John Hollenkamp </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 17, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A bit of housekeeping up front. A TROPICAL CURE is the second book from John Hollenkamp to feature cab driver Darren Mangan, following on from STEALTH. That to be honest, I really should have read first up because it took some serious concentrating to figure out what was going on here.</p> <p>In short, STEALTH will introduce you to Mangan, a Sydney cab-driver whose life takes a bit of a sideways step after he breaks up a savage fight, and lots of things happen to him.</p> <p>Cut to A TROPICAL CURE, Townsville, and a missing cab driver (not Mangan), a burnt out cab, and a body in the boot of a stolen car half-submerged in a muddy creek. (Not the cab driver). Then another body, a high-school friend of Mangan's this time, a dodgy mortgage deal, and a Melbourne crime syndicate, a vet nurse, somebody called Cate, a cattle-dog called Patch and it got complicated.</p> <p>Very high energy, big action stuff needless to say, done in the style of short, sharp chapters moving between characters and knitting together all these complicated threads. And there are a lot of references obviously back to STEALTH which I really have to say I think I should have read before tackling this one. </p> <p>Given that these are also action movie stuff, don't expect the characters here to be gosh darning there way through life, the language is strong, the action is big, the violence in your face and nobody, even the good guys are safe. </p> <p>(Why, I guess you're asking am I know posting a review of a book I read so very long ago. Because I'm an idiot and found this file sitting in my unposted reviews list. There's catching up because you're running behind, and then there's always catching up because you're a whole lot more disorganised than you should be...)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="2029" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/tropical-cure" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/tropical-cure.jpg?itok=OdSOxTnr" width="138" height="220" alt="A Tropical Cure" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/john-hollenkamp" hreflang="en">John Hollenkamp</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B0772J24BP</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/849" hreflang="en">2017</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1128" hreflang="en">Darren Mangan</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Three bodies… three killers?  A taxi driver disappears, his burnt-out cab the only evidence of his last stop. In the same desolate area, a body is found in the boot of a stolen car half-submerged in a muddy creek. It’s not the cab driver…  Later, another body on the muddy bank of a river, throat cut and four fingers missing. Simon Rowe, bank manager, drug dealer, and a high-school friend of Darren Mangan…  Darren’s dodgy mortgage deal, concocted by Simon, has been uncovered, and now Darren has to make restitution. Not to the bank but to a Melbourne crime syndicate. They want their money back, along with a missing kilo of cocaine, and they’ve sent a ‘specialist’ to sort it out. His trade name is Slice…  As if Darren didn’t have enough problems already hunting bikie Eddie to avenge the murder of Cate Hawkins, now he is forced to sell his house and evade awkward questions from inquisitive indigenous cop Joel Shallowater.  Then a vicious attack on Darren’s faithful cattle-dog, Patch, introduces him to beautiful veterinary nurse, Ruby, a young woman with a secret past…  And the target wasn’t the dog, it was Darren.  The chase has begun... But who is chasing who?  Killing someone leaves a hole in your heart; sometimes you have to put it in someone else’s… </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3289" hreflang="en">A Tropical Cure</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a 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<td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 17, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/amreading-tropical-cure-john-hollenkamp" hreflang="en">#amreading A Tropical Cure, John Hollenkamp</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, June 5, 2018 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder 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field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 17, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Another Young Adult novel, this time with less messaging and more just flat out thrills and spills, CASSIE CLARK: OUTLAW features the daughter of the Speaker of the House, a senior congressman, who has disappeared, supposedly run off with a journalist. Cassie's recovering from a bike crash when this occurs, but she knows her Dad, who incidentally is third in line for President of the USA, and knows he would never abandon his family or the job. </p> <p>Determined to find out what really happened, Cassie Clark becomes a teenage sleuth with a determination that would put many adults to shame. This novel is very much styled as an adventure thriller, with spills and jeopardy aplenty. There's terrorism, drug smuggling, and a touch of romance (and Cassie's very attractive young bodyguard). There's a fair bit of violence and bloodshed as well, and that, combined with the drugs and terrorism, probably mean this is aimed at the older end of the YA market, but it's a bit of fun in a genre that does seem to have been skewed towards fantasy for a few years (she says totally as an outsider who knows nothing about the genre outside what lobs on my reading pile and the occasional chat that passes my way on Twitter).</p> <p>Still, a bit of fun, bit of rollicking adventure, completely over-the-top in places, this time it was one girl to save the world, rather than the tired, old, battered and bruised hero type that's usually rolled out. Even with a bit of final chapter daftness that was... daft.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14424" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/cassie-clark-outlaw" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/outlaw.jpg?itok=AGpXn54C" width="131" height="220" alt="Outlaw" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/brian-falkner" hreflang="en">Brian Falkner</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780995106413</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Cassie has survived a hit and run but now she hears her father has disappeared - supposedly run off with a news reporter. As a senior congressman and Speaker of the House, her father is an important player in the tense world of American politics. Cassie knows he would not walk away from his career or his family and she is determined to find out what really happened. But there are bigger players who are equally determined to stop her, and she no longer has a security detail ...</p> <p>I am outside the law. And I'm coming for you. </p> <p>In the high-stakes world of politics and business, who can she trust?</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4907" hreflang="en">Cassie Clark Outlaw</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4540" hreflang="en">Brian Falkner</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--9--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--9--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--9--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-43d7f53ef09cae9d7e85b76a9513bd5b9553cf2a1a08eae27e54cc5eec319b89"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/cassie-clark-outlaw" hreflang="en">Cassie Clark: Outlaw</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 17, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2019-ngaio-marsh-awards-longlist" hreflang="en">2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, June 13, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14898&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="0MpO1fX3iFgIkizAZKBQgBO7NIVfMQfjIujwbluA5Nk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 17 Feb 2020 03:06:06 +0000 Karen 14898 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cassie-clark-outlaw#comments Make a Hard Fist, Tina Shaw https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/make-hard-fist-tina-shaw <div data-history-node-id="14897" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Make a Hard Fist, Tina Shaw </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 17, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The abuse, stalking, and/or terrorising of young women is something we read about in the news these days with depressing regularity. It's always about the consequences, often of events that were downplayed, covered up or ignored by victims and the authorities. What is it about the way women have been raised in this day and age that makes everyone, even from a young age, assume that the behaviour of others is their fault? (Rhetorical question obviously - victim blaming / shaming / female behaviour controlling / avoiding talking about the perpetrator's sense of entitlement ....). Perhaps fiction is one way to deal with both sides of this equation - the woman is not to blame, the consequences of the behaviour are real and immediate, and the events are frightening.</p> <p>MAKE A HARD FIST is a young adult novel that balances a heap of tricky elements with considerable aplomb. It's tense and scary, yet never disempowering. The dialogue is believable, the interactions between all ages convincing, and the plot is a solid one. It's educational without being preachy, and the characters are strong and very real.</p> <p>Don't be tempted to think that this is a novel for young women though - this should be a novel that everyone reads, whatever your gender identification and whatever your age. Maybe keep a couple of copies on hand for immediate distribution to anybody stupid enough to start any sentence about any victim with the words "if only she'd....".</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14425" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/make-hard-fist" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/make-hard-fist.jpg?itok=v3jYQk6L" width="148" height="220" alt="Make A Hard Fist" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/tina-shaw" hreflang="en">Tina Shaw</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780473421878</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Lizzie Quinn thinks she's tough. But when Lizzie is attacked in her local park, she realises just how vulnerable she is. She knows she has to get her confidence back. The thing is, she's scared of her own shadow these days.</p> <p>Lizzie Q, why so blue?</p> <p>Then she receives a letter in the mail, unsigned. Her stupid friends...or maybe her shortlived boyfriend? But they all deny it.</p> <p>More letters arrive and Lizzie begins to think someone is watching her.</p> <p>She has a stalker.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4906" hreflang="en">Make a Hard Fist</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/931" hreflang="en">Tina Shaw</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--12--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--12--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--12--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-bbb92947578426e6c9d5b68b4827506805382803ead18369febd98e4c7f3b8cb"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/make-hard-fist-tina-shaw" hreflang="en">Make a Hard Fist, Tina Shaw</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 17, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2019-ngaio-marsh-awards-longlist" hreflang="en">2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, June 13, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" 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class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, February 14, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The second in the Unreliable Memoirs set of books sees Clive James newly arrived in post-war England, a Sydney boy trying to make good in the bright lights, high(er) society and learned sets of English society. Don't read this, however, if you're expecting the really breezy, cleverly observant, self-deprecating ways of his childhood. Young adult Clive James is a different beast and he's out of place, out of step and seemingly somewhat out of clues in this world.</p> <p>Moving from self-deprecation clearly into a form of almost self-loathing, the Clive James that is trying to find his way in England, leading eventually to University post-grad studies, is struggling, and as you'd expect from Clive James he lays that on the line - warts, failures, drunk debauchery, questionable attitudes to friends and women, financially broke, morally bereft and simply lost, he's a bit on the whingy side, as well as brutally honest and self-flaggelating.</p> <p>It's not until I finished FALLING TOWARDS ENGLAND and had some time to think about it that I came to see the the honest microcosm of that entire period. On the one hand self-reflective, on the other utterly self-destructive. Inward looking, scared and timid whilst also being a time of great scientific and societal advancement. In the middle of all of that sat an Australian man with no idea what he's doing or where he's heading, with a desperate need for acceptance, love and to be in on the act.</p> <p>Sprinkled, as usual, with great observations, some positively cringeworthy moments, and a heap of stuff that everybody who has ever wondered what the hell they are doing with their lives could find well worth reading.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Some people are different, and so are the rest of us.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14888" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/falling-towards-england" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/falling-towards-england.jpg?itok=4veFYu-l" width="145" height="220" alt="Falling Towards England" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/clive-james" hreflang="en">Clive James</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780330294379</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1433" hreflang="en">1986</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4900" hreflang="en">Unreliable Memoirs</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">2</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>'When we got off the ship in Southampton in that allegedly mild January of 1962 I had nothing to declare at customs except goose-pimples under my white nylon drip-dry shirt.'</p> <p>In the first volume of "Unreliable Memoirs," we said farewell to our hero as he set sail from Sydney Harbour, bound for London, fame and fortune. Finding the first of these proved relatively simple; the second two less so. Undaunted, Clive moved into a bed and breakfast in a Swiss Cottage where he practised the Twist, anticipated poetical masterpieces and worried about his wardrobe. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4855" hreflang="en">#memoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4901" hreflang="en">#unreliablememoirs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4902" hreflang="en">Unreliable Memoirs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3119" hreflang="en">Clive James</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4903" hreflang="en">Falling Towards England</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--15--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--15--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--15--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-6075a1aa8c9317f34c29d2a005ab7d2b8274f855a4aa65c9c7c64d4a313ea412"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/falling-towards-england" hreflang="en">Falling Towards England</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, February 14, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14889&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="W8f1OfBVfhdmJAP0HfT_Lu64HeemRzfLdNkC6c-VRDY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 14 Feb 2020 01:43:30 +0000 Karen 14889 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/falling-towards-england#comments Review - Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/review-unreliable-memoirs-clive-james-0 <div data-history-node-id="14887" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Review - Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, February 14, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 2015 I wrote a short review of UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS:</p> <blockquote> <p>Many years ago I remember being given this book for my birthday with the comment "thought you might like this, he's the sort of droll smart-arse commentator that should appeal to you". The presenter of this present knew me well, although I think that they did a massive disservice to Clive James.</p> <p>The first of a series of books he's subsequently written as memoir there is nobody in these books that James picks on more than himself. He has a wonderful, dry way of commenting on the obvious, of drawing out the reality of the comedy of life.</p> <p>Everytime I read anything written by Clive James I'm reminded of the beauty of sparsity, of the power of the gaps between the lines. I'm also reminded that this is the first of a series of novels and James could be seen to be holding back a little. Really looking forward to reading the next of the series now.</p> </blockquote> <p>It's one thing to know that a favourite commentator, reviewer and poet is going to die, the announcement of Clive James' illness coming many years ago now, and yet another to get the news that the inevitable has happened. We lost an intelligent, wry, acerbic, deeply thoughtful person from this earth when he died, in what seems inevitable timing for these things - just when you felt we needed him most.</p> <p>But it was the ultimate reminder I needed that a good re-read was required, so I went back to UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS and I've been moving slowly through the group of memoir novels, interspersed with dips into some of his poetry, all the while returning to listen to his reading of JAPANESE MAPLE (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op8Rbtqx_Rg">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op8Rbtqx_Rg</a>). Such a poignant poem, sad and reflective, all the while tempered with the knowledge that James did, indeed</p> <blockquote> <p>Come autumn and its leaves will turn to flame.<br /> What I must do<br /> Is live to see that.That will end the game<br /> For me, though life continues all the same:</p> </blockquote> <p>And I can't help but think how much he would have reflected on living past the end moment of the tree itself, but I digress.</p> <p>Re-reading UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS five years on from the beauty of sparsity comments above, what struck me this time was the manner in which James writes audibly. Every scene, every moment of his life is described beautifully, but in a particularly aural manner. From the sound of the click of the lid of the nightsoil man's tin, to those little moments as a kid in the Australian summer, digging a network of tunnels in the backyard, everything about this man's writing is indeed dry, sparse, littered with moments where reflection is invited, peppered with observations that make you cry with laughter. There are quotes aplenty from these books available to those that search. My advice would be to read the books. Read every single one of his books. Re-read them.</p> <blockquote> <p>Rilke used to say that no poet would mind going to gaol, since he would at least have time to explore the treasure house of his memory. In many respects Rilke was a prick.</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="3993" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/unreliable-memoirs" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/unreliable-memoirs.jpg?itok=xI8QtWAh" width="146" height="220" alt="Unreliable Memoirs" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/clive-james" hreflang="en">Clive James</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4900" hreflang="en">Unreliable Memoirs</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">1</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>'I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment, that did not affect me.' In the first instalment of Clive James's memoirs, we meet the young Clive, dressed in short trousers, and wrestling with the demands of school, various relatives and the occasional snake, in the suburbs of post-war Sydney.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--18--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--18--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--18--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-d42764fe4e6a1a378d7d370631e0f0268909b16e465dfd16299ed8ffb09f95b4"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/review-unreliable-memoirs-clive-james-0" hreflang="en">Review - Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, February 14, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/review-unreliable-memoirs-clive-james" hreflang="en">Review - Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, October 9, 2015 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/currently-reading-unreliable-memoirs-clive-james" hreflang="en">Currently Reading - Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, September 15, 2015 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14887&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="z54HHUjuelXqROhodYf7NunCcJTHxQ5Nw5pkDY0N-JY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 14 Feb 2020 01:35:23 +0000 Karen 14887 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/review-unreliable-memoirs-clive-james-0#comments Six Wicked Reasons, Jo Spain https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/six-wicked-reasons-jo-spain <div data-history-node-id="14877" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Six Wicked Reasons, Jo Spain </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 10, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The six adult children of Frazer Lattimer have an entire childhood of fraught experiences to draw upon for examples of bad parenting.  Their mother, Kathleen Lattimer, was an utter saint though and often served as a buffer between her overbearing husband and their three sons and three daughters. With Kathleen now gone, and Adam Lattimer returning home after a ten year absence, there is much that must be discussed.  Six Wicked Reasons is a novel about the people who never let you forget the past. Your family were there, and they know you best.</p> <p>Adam had quite a few very good reasons of his own to up stakes from Spanish Cove and make his own way in the world. Discovering that his mother passed during his absence is a hard blow to take, and it wasn't delivered in the best of ways either.  As the news of Adam's imminent return reaches the Lattimer siblings, the children of Frazer and Kathleen all begin to make their way back to the family home.</p> <p>It is a huge shock when Frazer announces during the homecoming weekend at that he intends to marry again, and use the proceeds of the house to fund his upcoming world travels with his new bride-to-be, Anna.</p> <p>There were others in the sphere of the well-at-heel Lattimer family that did not fail to notice that the controlling and narcissistic Frazer was capable of doing great harm to his family. When Frazer falls, or is pushed overboard from the family homecoming party at sea, not everyone in the Lattimer family is in mourning.</p> <p>The burden of long held secrets that can't be contained spill forth in an intense and absorbing read that goes the extra mile at establishing credible motives and bedding down the complicated relationship dynamics that lead to murder.  The reader will need to hunker down with the Lattimers, as this is one group of siblings who may not necessarily take the 'all for one' approach when their own futures are under threat.</p> <p>The best whodunits present both a small stage and a small cast of suspects.  The unsettling knowledge that the killer could only be one of a handful of people puts more weight on each of the interactions between suspect/s and victim.  Six Wicked Reasons unravels its dark family secrets via past and present narratives, revealing just enough so that each chapter directs, or misdirects, our attention back to passages just read with a keener eye.</p> <p>Six Wicked Reasons is a entertaining work of dramatic fiction with murder as the end result of sustained family conflict.</p> <p>Irish author Jo Spain is a full time writer of both fiction and screenplays whose first novel, The Confession, was a number one best seller.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14864" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/six-wicked-reasons-jo-spain" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/six%20wicked%20reasons%20-%20edited.jpg?itok=9x8RTEGb" width="143" height="220" alt="Green lawn and house and pool" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jo-spain" hreflang="en">Jo Spain</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781529400250</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.<br /><br /> Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.<br /><br /> And, as tension builds, it’s apparent somebody has planned murderous revenge for the events of ten years ago.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4875" hreflang="en">#suspense</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--21--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--21--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--21--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-0f5e826ec47c0788c317fdf3b38aab57fce9213775091973bc008da78293d19d"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/six-wicked-reasons-jo-spain" hreflang="en">Six Wicked Reasons, Jo Spain</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 10, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14877&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="XdJr7VSqJp_8wHQOJ7pD1DYFf8-EaIc6BSSGaw6v540"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 10 Feb 2020 03:18:30 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14877 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/six-wicked-reasons-jo-spain#comments Little White Lies, Philippa East https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/little-white-lies-philippa-east <div data-history-node-id="14862" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Little White Lies, Philippa East </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 3, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Tapping into the guilt of parents everywhere who have all had their days where it simply went to hell on public transport, Little White Lies is a novel about repercussions, regret and the tangled webs we weave.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The life of the White family moved on, as it had to, after the disappearance of young Abigail from a busy London subway platform.  Anne has kept her family together whilst managing her grief, attending to the necessary tasks of raising her twins and being a supportive spouse to her husband Robert. Receiving a call that Abigail has walked into a suburban police station, holding the hand of another missing child, floors the Whites and opens the floodgates anew to all the questions of who took their daughter all those years ago.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Abigail is now a troubled teenager and has little to offer up about what happened in the intervening years.  Lilian, Anne’s forthright sister, never had a kind word to say about Abigail’s biological father Fraser and it was an effort to extract Anne from her toxic domestic situation when Abigail was small.  Now with all the media attention on the miraculous return of Abigail, Fraser reappears in Anne’s life.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Anne has a secret about the day that Abigail went missing, one that she hasn’t managed to keep entirely to herself.  How much would a child remember about the day she went missing at only eight years of age?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Written from the perspective of Anne and of Abigail’s young cousin Jess, Little White Lies is a deep family exploration into what happens when a missing child re-enters the life of her loved ones. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you are the kind of reader that shrinks from picking up ‘under the stairs’ misery-lit novels about abducted children, rest assured that this novel does not spend time on the gory descriptives.  Little White Lies doesn’t pretty up the realities of the homecoming though, for it doesn’t return a picture perfect little girl back into the White family. Abigail isn’t a sad shivering wreck, she’s angry.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Little White Lies with its dual narratives presents the views of an adult and a child who are each enmeshed in the drama of an unexpected return after abduction - Anne and Jess are unaware of how much insight the other holds. What Abigail is experiencing after being re-deposited back into a family that had continued on without her is explored through her interactions, and it is difficult to get a purchase on why she is not happier about being reunited with her parents, siblings and extended family.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is not a racy thriller with twists and turns at the end of each chapter but more a purposeful march towards the one big unknown fracture that is alluded to throughout the book.  Little White Lies ramps up the action as expected as we near the conclusion but these scenes are not the strength of the book; it is more the layering of slightly skewed viewpoints, multiple players and unresolved conflicts that deliver the novel’s considerable punch.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>UK author Philippa East grew up in Scotland and spent many years working in the UK as a clinical psychologist. Little White Lies is her debut novel.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14861" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--32"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/little-white-lies-philippa-east" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/little-white-lies_0.jpg?itok=9O-sDm0P" width="143" height="220" alt="White wallpaper split to show yellow wall underneath" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/philippa-east" hreflang="en">Philippa East</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780008344023</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>She only looked away for a second…</strong></p> <p>Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.</p> <p>But seven years later, Abigail is found.</p> <p>And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4881" hreflang="en">#2020. #thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4749" hreflang="en">#crime. #psychologicalthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--24--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--24--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--24--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-9889c007904af2d107b1466df3a205a92b565d8cd75d25f4a98ae6d6038c3f87"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/little-white-lies-philippa-east" hreflang="en">Little White Lies, Philippa East</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 3, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14862&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="fa1KyMnAue1O4k6NUycEGUJ4Wfk9oRzISBHvlIWmhxU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 03 Feb 2020 04:26:45 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14862 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/little-white-lies-philippa-east#comments She, H.C Warner https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/she-hc-warner <div data-history-node-id="14859" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> She, H.C Warner </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, January 22, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Every now and then we meet a literary villain who is both villain and victim.  Meet Bella, a young woman who does not take kindly to being sidelined or left behind.  You might recognize her. Someone who once worked in your office.  Someone who once dated one of your friends.  Someone you’d like never to meet again.  This is She.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>After being so inexplicably dumped by the ebullient Charlotte, Ben was not expecting to bounce into rebound quite so soon.  Sweet successful relationship revenge comes in the form of Bella, a drop dead gorgeous young professional who rides into Ben’s life like a hurricane, obliterating everything in her path.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ben’s friends at first are well and truly convinced that Ben has punched way above his weight with this one, but then they once thought the same about Charlotte as well. Bella’s name describes her perfectly.  Bella is a knockout and the complete package; successful, friendly and loving.  She knows what she wants and sets a firm path to achieve those goals.  Ben is happy to swept up in the ride at first but keeping this dynamo happy is something Ben increasingly is not sure he is capable of.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We are perhaps so used to seeing the male of the species more often leading the charge in crime fiction that to encounter a strong female character doing just that is refreshing change. Bella is a torch of a creation, unapologetic and oddly relatable as well.  The secondary characters we meet are the same ones we encounter in every circle of friends, all with a part to play, however small, in the outcome of modern relationships that cannot be fully realized free of the influence of others.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This mad charge of a novel is divided into two parts. The first half is narrated by Dan, and the second half by Bella.  It does begin to lag a little as we finish Part One, but all is redeemed when Bella comes to the page once again, telling her own story and not being described to the reader as seen through the lens of a man. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She puts emphasis on the ripple effect upon friends and family of a couple when not everyone approves of the union.  Some of it is worthy of an eye-roll, lots of it is perfectly valid.  It is quite an interesting study into the dynamics involved when two very different personalities come together, and of the baggage we all carry from one relationship to the next, despite our assurances to self and circles that we do not.  Even if this novel was not a screamingly fast paced thriller, She would continue to fascinate on that level of relationship dissection.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She is clever yet popcorn crime fiction that serves it up deliciously cold and blisteringly hot at different times. Convincing and conniving, She shocks the reader into realizing how much might have been missed on that first take - just as we may do in real life when we observe the relationships of others.  Which of course enables toxic personalities to nest in deep and thrive.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As a postscript, it is interesting to read of the different slants male and female reviewers take on this book.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Author H.C. Warner was head of a British television studio before transitioning to becoming a full-time writer of fiction. She is Warner’s fifth novel and published by <a href="https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008204686/she/">Harper Collins Australia</a>.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For some post review homework, it was interesting to read of the different slants male and female reviewers have taken on this book.  Go on, google a few.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14858" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--37"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/she-hc-warner" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/She.jpg?itok=yGxnr0LT" width="143" height="220" alt="Pair of Laboutinsn on a bedroom floor" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/hc-warner" hreflang="en">H.C. Warner</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780008204686</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--38"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>She's everything he dreamed of. Isn't she?<br /><br /> Ben can't believe his luck when Bella walks into his life, just when he needs her most. Sexy, impulsive and intelligent, Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants him. All to herself.<br /><br /> In fact, Bella decides that everything is better when it is just the two of them, making it harder for Ben's friends and family to stay in touch. And then a sudden tragedy triggers a chain of events which throws Ben headlong into a nightmare.<br /><br /> Secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal are at the heart of this utterly twisted story about a family that is destroyed when SHE becomes part of it…</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4574" hreflang="en">#psychthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--27--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--27--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--27--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-dd57dce1c4f5cd0aa0ae7e93016f4e9a974d5882437e9b172958cad32624d7dd"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/she-hc-warner" hreflang="en">She, H.C Warner</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, January 22, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14859&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="t0gyzLpKjFHjbF5Y7nD7nElh9qhwcQOkiVc3eCHCmgY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:36:41 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14859 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/she-hc-warner#comments In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/clearing-jp-pomare <div data-history-node-id="14856" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, January 15, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>What is always surprising about cults is that they consistently manage to attract seemingly intelligent people who leave their ordered lives to join bizarre communities run by petty tyrants with delusions of grandeur.  What is sadly not surprising is that at the centre of cults there are often innocents, the children.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There’s a few plot devices or themes that can pop up in crime fiction which are not for everyone.  Cults might be one of those for you, as they usually are for me.  In the Clearing is based on a real-life cult, an Australian new age group known as ‘The Family’. I knew very little going into this read about the group, other than that the kids of The Family all had bleached blonde hair ala village-of-the-damned, and that it all began somewhere in the late 1960’s. It’s suggested that you conduct your Wiki diving perhaps after reading Pomare’s book, as too much prior knowledge going in could detract from your enjoyment of this read.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In the Clearing features two first person narratives.  Amy is a teenage member of a reclusive community led by Adrienne, a commanding and charismatic figure referred to as ‘the Queen’ and considered by her devoted followers to be the living reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Amy has taken on the group’s mistrust of all those who live outside of the clearing and that vigilance must always be upheld. Brutal punishments are doled out to any member who breaks their rules, and those rules are in place to keep their ways hidden from those who might seek to tear it all down.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Freya lives with her young son by the river, working as a yoga teacher and managing her property in the heat of summer.  Some in the town know that Freya has two sons, and that Freya hasn’t seen her eldest in many years.  When a young local girl goes missing, Freya’s suspicions are sent into overdrive.  Freya is quite certain that an old ghost from her past has come to visit.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The misdirections employed In the Clearing are subtly delivered and it is upon reflection that you will realize how clever they were.  Freya’s chapters features a countdown to some cataclysmic event, and it is evident that Amy is heading for the point of no return, illustrated via the inclusion of excerpts from her journal. We hold fear for both of them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Pomare has written a powerful and accomplished second novel that takes a firm hold of your attention from the first chapter. In the Clearing masterfully cleaves a path to the truth with the linkage between the book’s two narrators shocking to realize when it all becomes clear.  The pace of the novel is purposeful and deliberate, information slowly eked out to the reader who becomes increasingly invested in the two who seem utterly alone whilst under serious threat.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you’re read the work of Inga Simpson before, you may find this book reminds you of her 2015 book, Nest.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>New Zealand born author J.P. Pomare, now living in Melbourne, has hosted a writing podcast since 2015 and has been published in various literary journals.  Call Me Evie, Pomare’s best selling crime novel debut, was the winner of the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award (NZ) for Best First Novel.  </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14855" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--42"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/clearing-jp-pomare" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/in%20the%20clearing.jpg?itok=R-6yM47r" width="144" height="220" alt="In the Clearing" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jp-pomare" hreflang="en">J.P. Pomare</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781869713393</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--43"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Amy</strong> has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.</p> <p><strong>Freya</strong> has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.</p> <p>As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town's dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4877" hreflang="en">#ruralthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4878" hreflang="en">#cults</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--30--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--30--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--30--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-04185c616833e16af09359621f3f8d88575cd66d2e8ca07f003ab480a2fc6ce2"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/clearing-jp-pomare" hreflang="en">In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, January 15, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14856&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="tCP7OsvZEI8CT4o3GQfzJOZzWTD-nc2wqx79F9DrGb8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:44:06 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14856 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/clearing-jp-pomare#comments