I have just finished 'The Inconvenient Child'. It's the true, inspirational story of Australian, Sharyn Killens, abandoned as a young child, and forceI have just finished 'The Inconvenient Child'. It's the true, inspirational story of Australian, Sharyn Killens, abandoned as a young child, and forced to struggle for survival, plus her quest to find her American father, and family. It is heartrending, sad and happy at the same time, and an extreme eye opener to the terrible conditions young girls, and boys, had to endure in the 1950's and onward, in and around Sydney. It is written by Sharyn herself, and her good friend, Lindsay Lewis. The website www.TheInconvenientChild.com is worth a look. It is a brilliant read, very hard to put down......more
Jay Ryan has been living in Byron Bay for some time, recuperating from shooting injuries he sustained a year ago, and enjoying the surfing and a quietJay Ryan has been living in Byron Bay for some time, recuperating from shooting injuries he sustained a year ago, and enjoying the surfing and a quiet life. But his life in the military is never far away, and his job as one of the top interrogators in the Australian Army seems to follow him, even though he left it all far behind...or so he thought!
When a routine wait in the long queue at the local RTA to renew his drivers’ license ends up with someone trying to kill him, and an anthrax attack at the Big Day Out Concert on the Gold Coast kills some young people, things start to heat up very quickly.
All of a sudden Jay is being hunted by rogue soldiers and dirty cops, and it seems there are very few people he can trust. Toni (‘is that her real name?’) seems to be on his side, and helps him escape yet another attempt on his life, but he can’t work her out.
Racing against time, trying to stop more bodies turning up, trying to find the source of the anthrax, and the horror of what could happen, that’s what Jay does best. But will his best be enough this time?
This is Australian author JJ Cooper’s second novel, with The Interrogator being his first. It was extremely fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. But the twist at the finish had me very shocked...I did not see it coming!
I would recommend this to all lovers of a fast paced thriller! ...more
Absolutely loved it...a real 'feel good' book! Loved all the characters, especially Harriot Pursell, Mrs Delvecio Schwartz and of course, Flo! Well woAbsolutely loved it...a real 'feel good' book! Loved all the characters, especially Harriot Pursell, Mrs Delvecio Schwartz and of course, Flo! Well worth a read....more
I really didn’t like this book. I couldn’t seem to warm to any of the characters, let alone the main character. Robbie was fourteen, just going into hI really didn’t like this book. I couldn’t seem to warm to any of the characters, let alone the main character. Robbie was fourteen, just going into high school, and had developed a crush on his English teacher, Miss Peach. But Robbie was an extremely selfish, self-centred boy (more so than usual I think!) He and his best friend Billy Currie, an Aboriginal, had been mates for a very long time, ever since Billy and his family came to Penola, in SA, from the Mission. But Robbie had no hesitation in letting Billy take the rap for something he did…..
The story didn’t seem to go anywhere, the book was written over Robbie’s first year of high school, and broken up into the terms. (As they were back in 1964) Robbie’s father was the local policeman, and in the small town of Penola, everyone knew everyone else.
I picked this book up because of the location it was set in, as I spent almost 20 years of my life near Penola, driving through the town pretty much every week. I knew the surrounding locations which were mentioned in the book…but I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on this one! ...more
Costas was fishing in his little seaside town of NSW. He loved to fish, but he was packing up, not having caught anything this time, when his line snaCostas was fishing in his little seaside town of NSW. He loved to fish, but he was packing up, not having caught anything this time, when his line snagged a big one. After a massive effort to land it, he was horrified to see the body of a naked young woman at his feet.
Detective Adam Bennett was called to the scene, and once the coroner had given his preliminary findings, she was taken to the morgue. But to Adam’s surprise, she didn’t appear on any of the Missing Persons lists, with no leads coming after DNA testing either. It was almost as if she didn’t exist. With his investigation stalling, he came across another Jane Doe who had been unidentified for some time, and she had also been washed up on a beach, this time in Brisbane.
With his findings linking other unidentified bodies which had been found along Australia’s coastline, and also in the US, he knew he needed to bring in more teams from the different departments across Australia and the US.
Kate Kovacs worked as an IT consultant, and was currently working at a scientific research centre in the same town as the young woman had been found. She knew Adam, they had been seeing each other for a couple of weeks. When Kate’s beloved brother Greg, who worked in the NT, was discovered brutally murdered, she had no idea her life had just changed dramatically.
With Adam and Kate discovering strange but tenuous links between Greg’s death and the unidentified bodies, and information which went back as far as the war in Vietnam, the pace stepped up. They knew there were secrets much bigger than anything they’d ever faced before, and the criminals were determined they would remain secret. They also knew they were in great danger…
This suspense thriller was absolutely brilliant! There were quite a few plots, which all tied in together by the finish….there were also a lot of characters, but after the first few chapters I was able to keep up. The twists and turns were there, and the incredible pace of this novel made it one I had difficulty putting down. I downloaded Aussie author Iain Edward Henn’s next novel, Disappear, as soon as I’d finished this one!
I would highly recommend this novel to all the thriller lovers out there. ...more
A very sad, poignant look at the life of Donna Meehan, one of the stolen children, who was taken from her family at age 5, and fostered and then adoptA very sad, poignant look at the life of Donna Meehan, one of the stolen children, who was taken from her family at age 5, and fostered and then adopted by a lovely Polish couple in Newcastle. She loved her white parents deeply, but felt lost, confused and betrayed by the things that had happened in her life. It tells of her finally finding her birth mother, and all her relatives from Coonamble, NSW. Donna lives very close to where I live now, and the places throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie in her book are all very familiar. It was published in 2000 and is worth reading.
EDIT: I have since met Donna, she did a meet and greet at our library a few months ago. She is a lovely, well educated lady and her stories were very interesting. She signed my copy of her book as well....more
Oh WOW!!!!! What an amazing book! Debut novel from Jaye Ford, a former journalist who lives in Lake Macquarie, NSW. The story of 4 women who have a giOh WOW!!!!! What an amazing book! Debut novel from Jaye Ford, a former journalist who lives in Lake Macquarie, NSW. The story of 4 women who have a girly weekend once a year, filled with laughter, fun, champagne, food and much more. But this year, things don't quite work out the way they planned!!! Jodie, who has a tragedy almost 20 years in her past, of which she has told no-one, Corrine, Hannah and Louise find their weekend starting badly with a car accident on a country road heading for the B&B at Bald Hill. Eventually settled and relaxing, the isolation begins to cause Jodie to have 'flashbacks' to her past. She senses trouble, but no-one will believe her, until two men come knocking..........more
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a different type of book for me, but it is our current bookclub book and a quick, easy read.
It tells the story ofI enjoyed this book very much. It is a different type of book for me, but it is our current bookclub book and a quick, easy read.
It tells the story of 3 adult children who return home to Rundle, near Sydney, Australia, when their father is terribly injured falling from the roof of his house...
Mandy is a war correspondent based in Iraq, and has seen awful things happen..Stephen has been estranged from his family for years, and Cathy has been trying to keep the family together. Chris is Mandy's husband, and doesn't know what to make of Mandy....
The story of their lives as they sit by their father's bed, the trauma, the tragedy of the past, and the present, all come together. Then there is Tony, who has a past with Mandy, though she doesn't remember it... Tony seems to be stalking Mandy...she doesn't trust him, thinks he's creepy and weird...what is he up to?...more
Thea Farmer, 77 year old retired school principal, had just sold her dream home, one she designed and had built as her retirement home. But the “finanThea Farmer, 77 year old retired school principal, had just sold her dream home, one she designed and had built as her retirement home. But the “financial crash” saw her lose everything, so the sale of her home was unavoidable. She had a small cottage across the road, which she called the hovel, into which she moved when the sale went through. Thea was a recluse who lived with her labrador Teddy, her companion for the past thirteen years, and she didn’t want anything to do with her new neighbours, especially seeing as they had taken over HER house.
But Frank and wife Ellice were a friendly couple, and they also had their shy, quiet niece Kim, living with them. Kim was Frank’s brother’s child, but had never known a “real” home, not since she was around three years old. Over time, Thea and Kim became unlikely friends, forming a bond and a gentle friendship. Thea was concerned for Kim, as her uncle seemed a little strange and her aunt very vague, quite uncaring toward her niece, so she had Kim over to her cottage as often as she could.
I had trouble getting into this novel, as a matter of fact I almost put it to one side, but in the end I finished it. It did get better, but the first part of the book was very jumbled and rambling. The characters were not easy to like, especially Frank and Ellice. Kim I found the most likeable, but all the characters seemed a little stiff and unnatural to me. It is called a psychological thriller…I have read many of these, and this isn’t one, in my opinion. The best part of the book was the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia! ...more