- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Topsails Charter (January 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956931812
- ISBN-13: 978-0956931818
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,299,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children Of The Plantation Paperback – January 11, 2011
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Following author, Faith Mortimer & her first Diana Rivers mystery suspense, The Assassins' Village I was thrilled on reading Children of The Plantation. Ms Mortimer has excelled herself once again to the delight of her many followers. Bravo! A superb piece of writing that is just short of being a literary piece. Cyprus Daily Mail.
From the Author
Children of The Plantation was a delight to write. After living in Malaya (now Malaysia) as a child I had dreamed of writing about that exotic country and her people.
The subject matter is set during the 1950's and 1960's and the present and I spent some time researching events during those oft troubled times.
The main character, Alex, was a source of great research and some readers may find the ending hard to believe. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that such situations did and do exist. You only have to troll the history books and daily newspapers to find some stunning examples. I cannot disclose here exactly what I mean as I would spoil the book for future readers - however, rest-assured it is true!
Enjoy your book and thank you for taking the time to read this.
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The wife feels she has a duty to her husband to produce a male heir and that's how we learn about Alex the main character in the book.
Read and learn more about this family and their strange lives.
The foreshadowing is apparent, yet so subtly constructed that it hooks you to want to read on. Sure enough, Diana finds that there is a novel in Miss Chalcot's papers. But, how much should Diana reveal?
I loved the descriptiveness of the scenery, the history of the country. The family was definitely dysfunctional, as many are even today. The secrets kept, the alternate lives lived was crazy. I must admit I chuckled reading Eleanor's account of her first time with her husband and how she quickly decided she abhorred sex. The siblings were equally as entertaining, as was their stories during the adventure. Paul Tan was a strangely intriguing character as well.
I would certainly recommend this book, the ending actually did take me by surprise. I always knew something was amiss from the child's birth, but I didn't suspect that revelation for some reason. Great job and kudos to Faith Mortimer.
the crime - a murder - happened many years ago (the 60s). you don't actually get to the crime until you are well into the book, but the journey to the crime is so interesting as you are learning about colonial life among the 'natives' and the political climate that led to malaysia's freedom.
the story is told by pregnant diana rivers, aided by her husband Steve, as she reads some journals. But diana does meet and interview some of the principals still living.
it's a compelling story and it's told well. i absolutely loved the exotic, protected hothouse setting amidst the political past as much as i enjoyed the luxurious and languid present in a posh resort.
to the author's credit and skill: all the information we need to solve the crime - about alex, and ms. chalcot - is revealed to us through those journals. we just needed to see it from a different perspective - as Diana did.
The detective is Diana Rivers, a mystery writer, who, with her husband, takes a holiday in Malaysia at hotel which is a former rubber plantation. The mystery unfolds as Diana reads the diaries and other papers having to do with the former owners and inhabitants of the plantation, and that's my only real criticism -- the narrator is constantly changing, and I had to keep checking to see who was the speaker this chapter.
Nit picking aside, the writing is good and the plot moves right along. Some people may think that the book is a little short, but I think that's preferable to something that drags on and on. The plot has lots of twists and turns, some of which strain credibility, but the book is definitely a good read. I will be reading more of Ms. Mortimer's books.
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