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- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Close-Up Books; 1 edition (September 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015LEPXME
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Crossings' is difficult to categorise — it's probably most fitting in the paranormal genre. But essentially, I think I'd classify it as a supernatural mystery with a good dose of thrill.
The story takes place in small town, outback Australia, where eerie pale gums and messmate trees dominate the landscape. Lisa Thomas is our protagonist. On the face of it, she's an ordinary woman, a bit of a battler. She works as a cleaner, struggles with her ageing father suffering with increasing dementia, and volunteers as a wildlife rescue officer. And if all of that wasn't enough for us to feel sympathy for her, she soon learns that her abusive ex-fiancé, Ben is back in town, and for some reason he wants to talk to her.
As a main character, I found Lisa instantly likeable. While she is, on the surface, an 'ordinary' woman, Capes has done a brilliant job investing her with an extraordinary nature, especially with her affinity for animals. In her volunteer work as a wildlife rescue officer, she comes across dead animals (largely car victims) regularly. She keeps a packet of salt with her to conduct a little 'last rites' ritual that I found particularly endearing.
What makes the story a real page-turner from the very start is the mystery of the strange occurrence of animal corpses appearing without any explanation — many of them at Lisa's house. The suspense is the kind that keeps you from doing things you're supposed to be doing, as you just want to find out what the hell is going on — and that's when you know you're reading a good story.
The way supernatural elements are woven into the story is entirely credible and adds to the tantalising mystery. There is a subtle link to aboriginal dreamtime mythology, which adds an interesting layer to the events.
Of course, one of the trademarks of Capes' writing is his outstanding skill with imagery, and once again, the frequent poetic descriptions within the prose had me in awe of his writing style.
By the novel's end, all of the disparate and tense-filled threads in Lisa's life seem to converge into a dramatic and suspenseful ending that had me flicking the pages faster.
Any reader with a heartbeat will enjoy this story, and particularly those fans of paranormal, fantasy and mysteries.
** The review was first posted on my blog - http://aderynwood.blogspot.com **
When Lisa unexpectedly found dead animals on her front doorstep in the small Victorian town of Lidelson, she wondered if it was kids skylarking. But then people Lisa had known for years began to die – violently. The police were unable to work out what was happening; was it anything to do with the return to town of her violent ex, Ben? And with Lisa’s dad’s health deteriorating fast – she had no idea what was happening to her life…
The inexplicable appearance of a huge white kangaroo with a message for Lisa confused her even more. It was almost as if the kangaroo was warning her – but about what she had no idea. With the help of Gerry, the local policeman and Robert, Lisa tried to make sense of what was happening – but confusion deepened, danger threatened and strange things continued to occur. What was out there in the darkness of the Australian bush?
Crossings by Aussie author Ashley Capes is an intriguing tale of gripping and dark mystery, mixed with the paranormal and blended with the Dreamtime. I devoured it, reading from start to finish in a few hours. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommendable.
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.