- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Perrat Publishing (January 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 979-1095574002
- ASIN: B01N5P2FOT
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wise, warm, smart, and funny. You must read this book." ―Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of "Quiet" Pre-order today
Terry Tyler Book Review. My top 25 books of 2017: Every so often I find a real gem ... and this was one of them. Liza Perrat is an excellent writer ... it's really, really good. You won't be disappointed.
Jill's Book Cafe. My best books of 2017: An unsettling, emotive and compelling read that had me gripped right through to the end.
Cathy Ryan. Between the Lines Book Blog. Top Reads 2017: Liza Perrat's descriptive, assured prose and storytelling skills make this a compelling and evocative read.
Rosie Amber Book Review Team 2017 Awards: Nominated, General ContemporaryFiction.
About the Author
Liza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for over twenty years, where she works as a part-time medical translator and a novelist. She is the author of the historical The Bone Angel series. The first, Spirit of Lost Angels is set in 18th century revolutionary France. The second, Wolfsangel is set during the WW2 Nazi Occupation and the French Resistance, and the third novel – Blood Rose Angel –– is set during the 14th century Black Plague years. Her latest novel, The Silent Kookaburra, is a psychological suspense, set in 1970s Australia. Liza is a co-founder and member of the writers’ collective Triskele Books. Liza reviews books for Bookmuse.
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After finishing this book, I still wonder how I was able to complete it because of all the topics touched in the story, and the total lack of adult intervention, but I did complete it. I am having a hard time writing this review because I liked it but I also hated it.
Powerful and emotional this is a great psychological thriller that draws the reader in from the first page.
The book is set within Perrat's native Australia with Tanya, an eleven year old girl as our protagonist. She's a tween growing up in the 1970's who experiences bullying and lives in a dysfunctional family. Perrat got into Tanya's mindset, rationale and vernacular well and gives her readers a different perspective looking at the mystery through a child's eyes. But, using a child as the protagonist limits how much the reader can see and I found some scenes hard to read when I could easily predict what would happen but naive Tanya could not.
These emotional scenes are contrasted by the humour of Nanna Purvis with her mispronounced words and opinionated 'old school' values. While Tanya and her Nanna were quite vibrant as characters, unfortunately some of the secondary characters didn't feel quite so well-defined (Angela and her family, the mean girl down the street etc).
This book is touted as a suspense read but I found it was much more of an analysis on this dysfunctional family. There was a murder but it was slowly paced and played second fiddle to the turbulent lives of the Randall family. And wow, were they turbulent! There were some scenes that were quite disturbing and hard to read. But these scenes help the reader to root for Tanya who has lived through so much and, unfortunately, has had to take up more responsibilities in her family because her parents are absent - emotionally and physically. There is still an element of suspense that progresses through the book but the tension wasn't there for me. The twist, which wasn't predictable but wasn't shocking either, is left until the end.
Overall, this was a good 'slow burn' kind of read that had some hard to read scenes but wasn't as suspenseful as I had hoped. It had some very powerful scenes but I would call it a well written story that features several social issues and a destructive family who suffers through tragedy, loss, mental illness, abuse and the effects of family secrets.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Liza Perrat for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.