Psychological Thriller https://www.austcrimefiction.org/taxonomy/term/3301 en Baby, Annaleese Jochems https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/baby-annaleese-jochems <div data-history-node-id="14511" 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> Baby, Annaleese Jochems </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, March 12, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>BABY is the story of a self-absorbed, narcissistic pain of a woman who is judgemental, obsessed by minutia, unreliable, untrustworthy, unlikeable and unbelievably compelling.</p> <p>Which is quite an achievement when you think about it. Partly it's because the book starts out intense and unnerving, and keeps ramping that up to the point where whatever is wrong with Cynthia is nothing compared to whatever "this" is all about. Partly it's because the style is surprisingly low-key, so what starts out as seemingly a straight-forward, quick read is anything but.</p> <p>Cynthia is a former university student (why former is never really explained), and she's obsessed with her fitness instructor Anahera. So she's there when Anahera's marriage disintegrates and the need to escape her circumstances becomes overwhelming. How this unlikely pairing team up, get themselves a boat and head for the Bay of Island just sort of unfolds, meaning the reader quickly becomes overwhelmingly invested in why (or what the...), not who or how. And the why is many faceted. Why does Anahera just go along with this? Why doesn't she comprehend Cynthia's level of obsession? Why is Cynthia doing this? Why a boat and why the great escape? Why is any of this happening at all?</p> <p>It's cleverly done, the reader is wrong-footed so often by the low-key delivery style of what is ultimately an extremely creepy and increasingly wrong on so many levels scenario. A style which gently deflects the obvious questions about how truly awful Cynthia really is, all the while building an impending sense of threat that constantly remains unfocused - what, or by whom, how or where. And that question again ... why?</p> <p>BABY always comes back to that why. It's a psychological thriller, perfectly pitched to present an almost banal, superficial face to the world. Underneath there are tensions, passions, desires, mistakes and deliberate acts - all of which mean that readers will not be able to avoid a visceral reaction - positive or negative, and this will definitely be a book that will engender strong reactions either way. </p> <p>On the one hand, manipulative, on the other cleverly constructed, the point of BABY is reader engagement. It's meant to be disconcerting, discomforting, pushing you out of your comfort zone. BABY definitely comes across as not meaning to be easy, or immediately obvious, but those readers that come down on the positive side, may find it will keep them thinking for quite a while. </p> <p>I originally read BABY when it was submitted to the Ngaio Marsh Award in New Zealand. As of March 2019, it has been released in Australia by Scribe Publications.</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="2082" 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/baby"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/baby.jpg?itok=itp3xnJn" width="145" height="220" alt="Baby" 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/annaleese-jochems" hreflang="en">Annaleese Jochems</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">9781776561667</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> </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>‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’</p> <p>Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.</p> <p><em>Baby</em> is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.</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/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/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/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3301" hreflang="en">Psychological Thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3302" hreflang="en">Baby</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/340" hreflang="en">Annaleese Jochems</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-5f634577dd53efb47ae01df8a3d7c392d81550f7f169078e726a4eb13f96abaa"> <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/baby-annaleese-jochems" hreflang="en">Baby, Annaleese Jochems</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, March 12, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2018-reading-reminiscences" hreflang="en">2018 Reading Reminiscences</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, January 7, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/ngaio-marsh-award-longlist-revealed" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, May 23, 2018 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/amreading-baby-annaleese-jochems" hreflang="en">#amreading Baby, Annaleese Jochems</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 20, 2018 </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=14511&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="J4Q2pSid_mYHsdsU0j3OlInLiR3o2JeSjLRQ7qLok1E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 12 Mar 2019 02:23:21 +0000 Karen 14511 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/baby-annaleese-jochems#comments #amreading The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/amreading-secrets-she-keeps-michael-robotham <span>#amreading The Secrets She Keeps, Michael Robotham</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Karen</a></span> <span>Mon, 25/06/2018 - 08:57 pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Turns out that injury to my partner (he's okay) is something that will bite into your reading time. Things ground to a bit of a halt last week what with himself managing to require hospitalisation for a back injury. He's feeling a lot better now and might have got off with one of those dreaded "you're not as young as you think you are" warnings over a back which we all know is dodgy. Anyway, this has been lurking on the reading pile for way too long.,</p> <p><strong>From the Blurb:</strong></p> <p><strong>Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's.</strong></p> <p>These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.</p> <p>Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.</p> </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/3221" hreflang="en">#amreading</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3534" hreflang="en">Now Reading</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</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/3301" hreflang="en">Psychological Thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3535" hreflang="en">The Secret She Keeps</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/611" hreflang="en">Michael Robotham</a></div> </div> </div> <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="2134" 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/secrets-she-keeps"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/secrets-she-keeps.jpg?itok=lTBv3ApV" width="144" height="220" alt="The Secrets She Keeps" 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/michael-robotham" hreflang="en">Michael Robotham</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">9780733638015</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> </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><strong>Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. </strong></p> <p>These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.</p> <p>Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=6197&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6Ztim-CC7eAFohCL7rsyTxvNC6qaAFgRw4HydkxBmNE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:57:49 +0000 Karen 6197 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/amreading-secrets-she-keeps-michael-robotham#comments #amreading Baby, Annaleese Jochems https://www.austcrimefiction.org/blog/amreading-baby-annaleese-jochems <span>#amreading Baby, Annaleese Jochems</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Karen</a></span> <span>Tue, 20/02/2018 - 06:04 pm</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>From the wonderfulness that is the pile of New Zealand Crime fiction.</p> <p><strong>From the Blurb:</strong></p> <p>‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’</p> <p>Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.</p> <p>Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.</p> </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/3221" hreflang="en">#amreading</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</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/3301" hreflang="en">Psychological Thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3302" hreflang="en">Baby</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/340" hreflang="en">Annaleese Jochems</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> </div> </div> <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="2082" 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/baby"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/baby.jpg?itok=itp3xnJn" width="145" height="220" alt="Baby" 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/annaleese-jochems" hreflang="en">Annaleese Jochems</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">9781776561667</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> </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>‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’</p> <p>Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.</p> <p><em>Baby</em> is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=10582&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="XNqq4RA7Pjj7Q5G8zEcRfEgFo4U1uMDzRWHagzwGOyY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:04:49 +0000 Karen 10582 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org