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S.C. Karakaltsas After my father passed away a several years ago he left behind in his papers, bundles of letters which he had written to my grandmother when as a youn…moreAfter my father passed away a several years ago he left behind in his papers, bundles of letters which he had written to my grandmother when as a young man, he'd left Australia to work on Ocean Island in 1948.

As I read each letter a story emerged of colonial life, racial tension and violence culminating in an horrific murder of two Australians. Ocean Island was cut off from the outside world for 11 days until Brisbane detectives could arrive by boat. The small population of 1500 people were trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst, my father being one of them. I could only imagine what it must have been like to live under such terror.

Amongst the papers was a letter from one of the people who had been murdered. Somehow it reached out to me and I was driven to tell the story.
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"Good but too short and no follow up as yet

Really enjoyed this but it was too short for something that as of yet has had no follow up, or even any indications. Well written and great flow as always."
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"‘My life began with a crime.’

This is was quite a novel, both in size and scope. It falls easily into that category of ‘epic saga’ and while it weighed heavily in my hands, I really couldn’t put it down. The edition that I was reading was an ARC and i" Read more of this review »
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"Quite a hard hitting story about two mothers and one child. A moment in time changed the friendship between Dr. Liz and Jessie when her child was brought into ER, and Liz had to call the social services.

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This character driven novel broodily unpacks the drama of a family over five decades.

Right after WW2, Cyril Conroy buys a run-down mansion as surprise for his wife, Elna. With their daughter Maeve, they move into the house which is still filled with
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