The Lost Man by Jane Harper ,the author of The Dry and Force of Nature, this is her recently released novel. It certainly did not disappoint me. I read it in two sittings. She encapsulates what it is like to live in the outback on a rural station. The descriptions are so realistic and the plot line keeps you guessing the whole way through. This is one that you should definitely put on your list to read.
My reading group introduced me to the books of Liane Moriarty and I was able to borrow Truly, Madly Guilty and The Husband’s Secret from one of the other book group members. I loved both of the books and I will be looking out for other titles by her when I next visit the library.
I had previously read The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and I spied the Secret Keeper when I visited the library so borrowed it. Another terrific read.
” Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.” from Kate Morton website.
The Precipice by Virginia Duigan was long listed for the Miles Franklin Award. I loved that the story was in the first person and that the protagonist was a cranky, retired school principal. The setting was in the Australian countryside in the Blue Mountains area.
“After losing her savings in the financial crash, she is forced to sell the dream house she had built for her old age and live on in her dilapidated cottage opposite.
Initially resentful and hostile towards the young couple who buy the new house, Thea develops a flirtatious friendship with Frank, and then a grudging affinity with his twelve-year-old niece, Kim, who lives with them. Although she has never much liked children, Thea discovers a gradual and wholly unexpected bond with the half-Vietnamese Kim, a solitary, bookish child from a troubled background.
Her growing sympathy with Kim propels Thea into a psychological minefield. Finding Frank’s behaviour increasingly irresponsible, she becomes convinced that all is not well in the house. Unsettling suspicions, which may or may not be irrational, begin to dominate her life, and build towards a catastrophic climax.”
Chain of Evidence and Blood Moon by Garry Disher. I have read a few Garry Disher books and these two titles are part of what is called the Peninsula Series. The Peninsula being the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The books are crime fiction in an Australian setting.
|The Dragon Man||(1999)|
|Chain of Evidence||(2007)|
I still have two more to read.
The Book of Mirrors – When one man’s truth is another man’s lie by E.O. Chirovici was an audio book that I listened to while I was painting our bedroom suite.
“When big-shot literary agent Peter Katz receives an unfinished manuscript entitled The Book of Mirrors, he is intrigued.
The author, Richard Flynn is writing a memoir about his time at Princeton in the late 80s, documenting his relationship with the famous Professor Joseph Wieder. One night in 1987, Wieder was brutally murdered in his home and the case was never solved.
Peter Katz is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of what happened that night twenty-five years ago and is convinced the full manuscript will reveal who committed the violent crime. But other people’s recollections are dangerous weapons to play with, and this might be one memory that is best kept buried.”
Another crime fiction which was enjoyable to listen to while painting.