I thought about bailing on this after 2 chapters. There were a lot of characters and I didn’t yet see what would tie them together. But I’m please to say I didn’t, as I would have missed out on a very enjoyable as well as at times challenging read.
Central to the cast of characters are brothers are brothers Tristan and Malachi and Mary, a nurse whose children are grown and have left home, but who frets and watches over the brothers. All are introduced via the mundane nature of their day to day lives only a sudden traumatic event to stand everything on it’s head.
Bit by bit we get an insight to the passions and fears of many of the residents, the twists and turns of their lives up to and after the fateful centrepiece of the story. One of the challenges of a story with a plot defining event in the first third of the story is sustaining the plot afterwards and pulling together the loose ends. Author Luan Goldie (in her debut novel no less) manages this with aplomb, managing a page turning plot without losing any realism.
Of course, there were a few characters I wanted to know more about – Mary’s lover Harris, Malachi’s’ girlfriend Pamela and her father Jay – a bigot or just a very fearful man? But that aside, it’s a book that closes leaving you wanting more, and that’s no bad thing.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
A good story.
One thing you’ve learned
To read something other than biographies and crime novels once in a while