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Under the Influence

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The past is never history.

Eve Hardy is exactly where she wants to be in life. She is a successful concert cellist for the Royal Opera, living with her handsome partner in his London apartment. Everything is possible. Sarah lives in Sydney with her husband and two young children. She thrives on being the centre of their world. When the sudden death of their old school frien
Paperback, 382 pages
Published 2011 by Vintage
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Under the Influence is the story of three women who meet at a Sydney boarding school as twelve years olds. Fast forward about twenty years and Eve is now a cellist for the Royal Opera in London and has lived away from Australia for the past decade. Sarah is a stay at home mum who lives in Sydney with her husband and two young children. And Meg is a doctor who has moved all over the country, unable to settle down. Ironically just when she does choose a place to call home in outback New South Wale ...more
Helen McKenna
When they meet at a Sydney boarding school as twelve year olds, Eve, Meg and Sarah have no idea that their lives will remain linked by a nasty secret they all share. Now in their early thirties and separated by geography and vastly different lifestyles, the story begins when Eve (who is living in London) hears the news of Meg’s death. Travelling back to outback New South Wales for the funeral and meeting up with Sarah again, the women soon realise their past can no longer be banished to the furt ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-author

The narrative of Under The Influence spans almost twenty years and weaves in and out of time and place. The tragic death of Meghan reunites old school friends Evie and Sarah in the dusty outback for her funeral. The three girls had met at a small exclusive boarding school in Sydney as 12 year olds and formed a friendship, with Meghan at it's center. Under the Influence is a interesting novel exploring the themes of friendship, guilt and the inescapable spectre of the past.

As the story unwinds we
Jane Odgers
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I kept getting bored and skipping bits, but then found I had to GO BACK later and read it all again because I got too intrigued and wanted to know more about the big incident in the past that they were all referring to. But anyway nothing much is revealed until the final chapter, when it transpires that (view spoiler)!! Wowsers, totally didn't ...more
Sallyann Van leeuwen
Great book, almost worth 5 stars. Loved the characters, they were fresh and lifelike. All stories were equally fascinating and detailed. Little things detracted from the 5 stars, the ending felt rushed - after the building of the story, feeling the heat of each day, the flies, the dirt etc, suddenly the end had come and I wasn't ready for it. Fast and out of character. The other reasons were the title and the book cover, didn't feel like it contributed to the story at all. I will definitely look ...more
Judith Yeabsley
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This should have been such a good book and I dived into it and enjoyed it ... for a while. Then the central character became so unappealing I just lost interest. I wanted to know what had happened so kept going. It wasn't a bad book I just disliked Eve more and more. Once I knew what she'd done there was some perspective but it was all too little too late.
I would read another of her books as it was pacy and well written.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it. Dull, dull, dull. This is the third book in a row I have not been able to get into - why don't all authors get into the story sooner? Life's too short to read slow books!!!
Kayte Nunn
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Utterly absorbing and engrossing. Extremely well written and I really liked the way the reader got to see inside the head of each character. It did, however, depress the hell out of me.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Confused with this one, did not grab me at all. Didn't warm to the characters and just didn't really feel I was following the story, just kept reading it to finish it. Left me disappointed.
The bullying is quite believable, the characters aren't that nice, but they'll stay with you for a while.
Jun 25, 2012 added it
Cannot finish this. Doesn't grab me in any way shape or form!
Oct 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Cant get into this. Cant finish. Have tried 3 times over past couple of years. Struck out. Bye book
Janine De paiva
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok

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Jacqueline Lunn was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and ever since has been trying to stop freckles spreading across her face. She attended The University of Queensland where she somehow completed an Arts degree and now wishes she worked harder. Not for better marks, but for the pure joy of knowledge.

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