HANNAH FORD, an under-cover cop, takes a surveillance job in Draper’s Wharf. The small town on the banks of the Parramatta River in Australia has linkHANNAH FORD, an under-cover cop, takes a surveillance job in Draper’s Wharf. The small town on the banks of the Parramatta River in Australia has links to the drug trade, so the latest whisper goes. Her brief: to observe, report, and locate its source.
When she arrives, the town is in shock after the rape and murder of its local barmaid. Hannah, a rape survivor, could pull out, but she needs this job to prove her competence to return to the streets and full duties.
Threaded through the main story, is Hannah’s own account of guilt and rage born of her husband’s death, her rape and degradation that followed. In working to find the source of drugs in Draper’s Wharf, the line between her case and the murder enquiry is fading fast. Can she hack it, or is her worst nightmare about to be re-enacted, as she becomes their next target.
(Short listed for the Genre Fiction Award by New Holland Publisher 2007)
Beyond my Control – one man’s struggle with epilepsy, seizure surgery and beyond, says it all.
Until I read this book, I had no idea that such a conditBeyond my Control – one man’s struggle with epilepsy, seizure surgery and beyond, says it all.
Until I read this book, I had no idea that such a condition existed. I knew, of course, about epilepsy, but not that it could take such an aggressive stand. In his book, McCallum shares deeply private moments of his life, battling against this disease. I can only stand back and admire how he and his wife Lisa coped. In spite of the pain, the depression, the uncertainty of every day, and the shame he felt at his unruly behaviour, Ross still comes out with a sense of humour. I had to laugh when he compared himself to Basil Fawlty – a great description, and I could see it all. The one thing I wanted to take up with him was his sense of shame. He should never have felt that. He was not to blame.
I found the book informative. At the end of it, I felt as though I had really learned something important. It could happen to any of us. I was surprised how long it took after surgery for him to get his life back. I can only imagine how devastating it must have been day after day wondering if it had all been worthwhile. I feel privileged that his book Beyond my Control allowed me to share a few moments of his battle
Keep Healthy, Ross, and may you have a long, happy life to make up for the time you’ve lost.
It is a long time since I have read a book written specifically for children. I started this one with caution expecting iThe Time Cavern, Todd Fonseca.
It is a long time since I have read a book written specifically for children. I started this one with caution expecting it to be juvenile and perhaps a bit boring. Not a bit of it! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The main story of the adventures of ten-year-old Aaron, and his new friend, a girl called Jake, tested my knowledge of science and astronomy. The putting together of the clues was cleverly done. I loved the idea that the kids went out and did their own research. I found the relationship between the parents and the two children refreshing. Under a caring parental voice, the children learnt their life lessons, as in chores that have to be done, and tolerance with those of differing viewpoints to mention just a few.
Aaron and Jake’s colourful adventure in opening up the secrets of the hidden cavern held plenty suspense and surprise, and the ending, though satisfying, made me wonder if there was more to come. Truly, a good read. Now, I’ll pass it on to my ten-year-old granddaughter. I’m sure she will enjoy it just as much as I did. ...more
Carole Sutton's Review of Sons of Avalon, Merlin’s Prophecy
I have never been a follower of Arthurian legends and folklore, but this book intrigued me.Carole Sutton's Review of Sons of Avalon, Merlin’s Prophecy
I have never been a follower of Arthurian legends and folklore, but this book intrigued me. For a start, I loved the story of its conception, Merlin whispering to the author in the night to write his story, what a wonderful little tale in itself. Next, the striking artwork of the cover, the hawk’s eyes and the reflection of the boy, drew me onwards.
The first chapter and the dramatic entry of the infant Merlin, and his recovery by the elderly couple who brought him up to the age of six was a brilliant start. I became a little lost at one stage when Merlin’s age changed but the time he was living in did not. I would have liked to have seen more depth to Merlin’s childhood and learnt how he obtained his knowledge.
The story is exciting and cleanly written, the characters well defined. I had no trouble recognising any one of the boys as the story unfolded. The differences between the King Ambrosius and Uther his brother were very well marked. I enjoyed the friction between Merlin and Uther, which at times lightened the scene with brief comedy.
Dee Marie has succeeded in creating a terrific atmosphere of early Britain. I feel sodden by the English rain, sense the awe at Stonehenge, hear the jangle of armour, the clash of steel, and smell the blood of battles. I see the rugged Cornish coast from Tintagel and the loneliness of Bodmin Moor. A good read if ever there was one, and this is just the first book. Well done, Dee, I look forward to the next one
If you enjoy crime fiction/murder mystery, you'll love this one. A detective with a conscience, a woman's betrayal and a powerful businessman with a sIf you enjoy crime fiction/murder mystery, you'll love this one. A detective with a conscience, a woman's betrayal and a powerful businessman with a sinister secret are just some of the characters in this tale set around Cornwall in the 1970s. Five stars, I hear you ask? Well, I did write it myself, so you will have to be judge....more