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Ripples on the Lake by Dawn Rotarangi
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Mar 27, 11

Read from March 14 to 28, 2011, read count: 1

This is a first novel, and it reads like one. The idea is a nice one. Billy steals money from a rock pool, and invokes the wrath of the guardian of the pool. His big sister Saffron takes it upon herself to make amends, putting herself in serious danger. She finds an unexpected ally in press photographer Nick. So far, fine.
The writing style is clunky, though there are flashes of excellent prose. Character development is minimal. Billy, the cause of all the trouble, is an unattractive young man, and I am at a loss as to why Saffron constantly runs to help him out. Saffron herself is not particularly appealing, either, although the author does try to makle her sympathetic.
This book did not work for me, but I think the author will be someone to watch. I will be interested to read her next work.
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