Post Script: The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781509842827

 

Description:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

 

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

 

Assume nothing.

 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

 

Read between the lies.

 

 

My View:

I am a lover of the domestic noir and this book held some remarkable twists and surprises which I delighted in.  Domestic violence favours no particular socio economic group, and this novel highlights how appearances can be deceiving – how the public and private domains do not always reflect a congruent lifestyle.

 

Be worried. Be thrilled. Be pleased when you discover the ending.

 

Post Script: Angels Burn – Tawni O’Dell

“We are what we know. Not what the world tells us we should be. Not even what our own heart wants us to be.”

Cover Angels Burning

Angels Burning

Tawni O’Dell

Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781476755953

 

Description:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club pick Back Roads comes this fast-paced literary thriller about a small town police chief who’s forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder of a teenage girl.

 

On the surface, Chief Dove Carnahan is a true trailblazer who would do anything to protect the rural Pennsylvanian countryside where she has lived all fifty of her years. Traditional and proud of her blue-collar sensibilities, Dove is loved by her community. But beneath her badge lies a dark and self-destructive streak, fed by a secret she has kept since she was sixteen.

 

When a girl is beaten to death, her body tossed down a fiery sinkhole in an abandoned coal town, Dove is faced with solving the worst crime of her law enforcement career. She identifies the girl as a daughter of the Truly family, a notoriously irascible dynasty of rednecks and petty criminals.

 

During her investigation, the man convicted of killing Dove’s mother years earlier is released from prison. Still proclaiming his innocence, he approaches Dove with a startling accusation and a chilling threat that forces her to face the parallels between her own family’s trauma and that of the Trulys.

 

With countless accolades to her credit, author Tawni O’Dell writes with the “fearless insights” (The New York Times Book Review) she brought to the page in Back Roads and One of Us. In this new, masterfully told psychological thriller, the past and present collide to reveal the extent some will go to escape their fate, and in turn, the crimes committed to push them back to where they began.

 

 

My View:

“We are what we know. Not what the world tells us we should be. Not even what our own heart wants us to be.”

Let’s just cut to the chase – after reading this book I already know this is going to be on my “Top Reads of 2016” list! Yes it is that good!

This is a very deceptive narrative – the outward appearance, the style is relaxed, personal and the brutal murder is almost a sub story…this an intriguing look at communities, abuse, relationships and secrets and in the end, a murder is solved.

 

Tawni O’Dell manages to somehow hood wink you into a state of false security, of ease, of almost thinking this is a story of inconsequence, just another story about a senseless crime – but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Quietly narrated by the Chief of Police – Dove (named after the soap) Caranhan, we share the Chief’s thoughts, black humour, wit and sarcasm and her down to earth approach to life and policing. The parts I loved most of this narrative are where The Chief acts as a person not as a police officer whilst on duty- she is smart mouthed, honest, responsive and humane in her approach. She doesn’t always play by the rules and mostly that is ok. And what a life she has to share with us. (And did I mention we have a protagonist who is female and fifty and flawed? Perfect. About time.)

 

There is a twist here that you just won’t see coming, well probably a few of them….as you read you are thrown little hints, little tastes of what is to come…as you read you say to yourself, ok yes I get this but what is the author holding back? What is the bigger picture? And the bigger pictures are surprising, sad and illuminating. This book has such depth; the characters, communities, the families…so interesting and yet so sad. I feel like I am looking into the gold fish bowl of society; at the complex and integrate social structures that makes families unique and communities strong – regardless of their moral code. What an amazing read. Outstanding!

 

Add this to your library – you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Charlie, Presumed Dead – Anne Heltzel

Cover Charlie Presumed Dead

Charlie, Presumed Dead

Anne Heltzel

Black Inc Books

Nero

ISBN: 9781863957335

 

 

Description:

In Paris, family and friends gather to mourn the tragic passing of Charlie Price—young, handsome, charming, a world-traveler—who is presumed dead after an explosion. Authorities find only a bloodied jacket, ID’d as Charlie’s. At the funeral, two teens who are perfect strangers, Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs, make another shocking discovery: they have both been dating Charlie, both think Charlie loved them and them alone, and there is a lot they didn’t know about their boyfriend. Over the next week, a mind-bending trip unfolds: first in London—then in Mumbai, Kerala, and Bangkok, the girls go in search of Charlie. Is he still alive? What did their love for him even mean? The truth is out there, but soon it becomes clear that the girls are harboring secrets of their own.

No one knows whom to trust in this thrilling tale of suspense and deception.

 

 

My View:

What an intriguing read! The premise is fantastic and the narrative is full of surprises, nothing is as it seems and just when you reach the final chapters and think that all will be neatly concluded you find that you have assumed the wrong thing again. Nothing at all is how it appears. Everyone has secrets they are holding close to their chest; secrets that will impact on the fate of others. This narrative asks the question – how well do you really know anybody?

 

Immersed in this book, and yes you will be, the story races along at full pelt, dragging you, guessing, assuming and second guessing – incorrectly, to the very end. But once you reach the end and have time to digest the unravelling of this plot you will start to notice a few places where a stitch or two has been dropped – but that really won’t overly concern you – you have bought your ticket, enjoyed the ride and now the trip is over…or is it?

 

PS Loved the cover art.