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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,359 ratings  ·  342 reviews
It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if through a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 28th 2016)
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Suzanne
***Maybe a teenie tiny spoiler..

This was a slow burn. Many lovely Aussie moments captured, like chops grilling and mozzies buzzing. As this was an audio read, I did not jot down any of these lovely moments, this is what I find to be hard about the audio format. I can't stop driving to capture moments that I really enjoyed.

Australian families, honest hard working people, confused youth.. sexuality, desperation. Two missing locals in a small hardworking town. Everyone knows everyone else's busines
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Dale Harcombe
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is told in a simple way. It is the point of view of 17 year old Jean. At times she seemed even younger. It concerns the town of Goodwood and two people who disappear within a week, which makes you think it is going to be some sort of murder mystery. But I found too much time was wasted on introducing a multitude of characters that ended up becoming a blur. I found they were not fleshed out enough, so that I had trouble distinguishing one from the other. Added to that, I found I didn’t ...more
Vanessa
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming small town cosy mystery set in a NSW coastal country town. It’s not a fast read but what I enjoyed was getting to know the many different characters. Set in the 90’s I loved all the little references dotted around, it felt like I was reliving parts of my own childhood, many references making me smile with nostalgia. My only criticism was that there was a host of characters to keep track of and at times I had to really concentrate to remember who was who in the zoo. I did really enjoye ...more
Jaclyn Crupi
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I sometimes worry that I'm too harsh on Australian fiction and my expectations are too high. But when I come across Aus fiction that I do love I loyally support and promote it and I'm always looking for Aus fiction to love. Sadly this novel was disappointing. Firstly, there are far too many characters and they're not differentiated enough to be able to tell them apart. It's a huge cast and I kind of lost interest even trying to keep everybody straight. This has not happened for years. There are ...more
Kirsten
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I just time travelled. Holly Throsby has perfectly captured life as a 17 year old in a small town in 1992. Nostalgia sans overt sentimentality.

The plot twisted and turned enough to keep me interested but it is the characterisation here that is really on song. Goodwood's inhabitants are portrayed with humour and pathos, from the eccentrics to the deadbeats to the pillars of the community. I felt I had a glimpse into the inner world of even the most minor characters.

I fell a little b
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
I love a little thing called Australian small town fiction, which is the focus of debut author Holly Throsby’s novel, Goodwood. Goodwood is your typical Australian town, complete with a set of Aussie stereotypes. The story is primarily told from the eyes of a perceptive teenage girl named Jean Brown. Goodwood in a sense is a coming of age story, as Jean conveys the feelings experienced in Goodwood as two beloved townsfolk disappear. The novel also explores how the town of Goodwood deals with thi ...more
Colleen Fauchelle
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This is an Arc from work that I took home the other day. I have found it so good I couldn't put it down. Goodwood is a small township in Australia. It's a place where everyone knows your business or do they. It comes with a big mystery which is that two of the towns people go missing. This turns this little township upside down. It is a funny, sad and interesting story of life in a small town. The story is told by Jean, who is on the verge of adulthood and finding her true self. I like this bunc ...more
Cups and Thoughts
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

I'm very disappointed to say that this book is just not for me. It doesn't quite capture the essence of a good mystery novel. There was a complete lack of suspense, and the story just felt really flat and boring.
The story started off with 17-year old Jean, a juvenile teenager who - like the rest of the town - is simple and friendly. I really liked how Jean was portrayed at the beginning of the book. She's a girl with brimming curiosity, loves books, music and her famil
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Lia
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Argh. This could have been so much more. Throsby's language and turns of phrase were so beautiful in parts. The initial description of the townsfolk knowing each other's business was lovely and rang true.
The story had enough suspense and plot diversions to be interesting. Unfortunately it became all bogged down in endless repetition. Repeating who was related to whom and how, who lived next door to each other. Even complete sentences were repeated at various times in the book. If this was a nar
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Elizabeth
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for an Australian story beautifully told then Goodwood is your next book. It's a coming of age novel with an incredible sense of place. Set in a quiet rural town, two well loved people go missing a week apart. Their departures don't seem to be connected.
What resonated with me most was not what happened so much, but how Holly Throsby told the story...with humour, beautiful descriptions and great characters.
I don't want to compare Goodwood to another book, it stands on it's ow
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Karen
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian, crime, ebook
Small town living in 1990's Australia is big in GOODWOOD, which is interesting as this is a slow burning, confined, seemingly "small" story in the life of 17 year old Jean. She lives in Goodwood, a small town, near a bigger town, with her mother, near her grandparents, surrounded by people she knows, or is somehow related to, all of whom are known, related to somebody. It's the sort of town where you go to the bigger town to do the big shop, but the local town is where you get the essentials - a ...more
Elaine
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This started off really promising. Was practically unputdownable at the beginning and had me hooked. Two people, completely different, go missing within a week of each other in this small town and the mystery of what has happened to them begins. Whilst the lead up to unraveling what has occurred was suspenseful the ending left me a little flat. It all seemed to come to an end quite abruptly and left me feeling a little unsatisfied. Perhaps it was just the timing of when I read this book. The dis ...more
Calzean
I was surprised by this one. Very simply written, it tells the tale of the small town of Goodwood and the mystery of two people who went missing a week apart. The story is narrated by 17 year old Jean and is at times humorous, clever and sadly truthful about the lives some people live.
I was surprised this book was not aimed at the YA market with its story of small town living, domestic violence, sexual awakening and message of finding something in life that makes you happy.
My main complaint was
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Anna
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, which combines two mysteries with a coming of age story and a vivid portrayal of small town life.

The pleasant face of the town of Goodwood is peeled back following two disappearances, with dark secrets coming out from behind closed doors. The characters, who initially seem to be typical small town caricatures, become more interesting and complex as their responses to the disappearances are explored. The young protagonist, Jean, clearly grows throughout the book as she learns
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Ruth
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Goodwood was fantastic. I loved the voice of the character, the totally plausible Australian small town setting and the mystery underlying the story. I don't exaggerate when I say I think we have a modern aussie classic on our hands. This will be the book to buzz about this Christmas.
Emilie Morscheck
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know what this book is trying to be. Part of me wants to say that it is a clone of Jasper Jones, just with two disappearances instead of one. The mystery was good, but told through the wrong eyes. The main character, Jean, constantly is telling us what other people are thinking and doing as if she is spreading rumors. It makes the characters feel one dimensional, images in Jean's mind that all have to think and act in a certain way.
The story is told, and not shown. And it is exhausting h
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Amra Pajalic
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loveozya
A beautiful novel about small town machinations and set against a young adult coming of age story. Loved it.
Steve lovell
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I imagine Goodwood would be something like Bridport. These days, after my home location by the river down south, it is well and truly my favourite place on our island. That, my son, with his lovely partner and my mint new granddaughter, live there is part of the reason – but not all. There's more to it than that.

Of course there are differences between the two towns. Briddy is a two pub affair, Goodwood has just a single to slake the thirst of the locals. The former comes alive during the summer
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Rebecca Bowyer
I really enjoyed Goodwood. It's a slow burn and a small story, but I think that's the point. Goodwood isn't just one story, it's a dozen small stories of individual lives woven together in a small community before the internet gave us instant access to global news.

Holly Throsby is a fabulous storyteller and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mystery unfold through Jean's eyes. There are bigger issues at play, but we never forget that Jean is only 17 years old. And when you're 17 years old your pr
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Deborah
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Goodwood is Australian author Holly Throsby’s first novel; but she’s also a songwriter and musician who’s released solo albums and a children’s album.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the sense of uncertainty and loss of innocence. It’s not a novel of suspense or a thriller. Sure, Jean, her family and the town are focussed around the double disappearances but they never really seem to worry there’s a baddie in their midst. There are the usual miscreants who’ve been problems all of their l
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Audiothing
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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I won a copy of this book and I really looked forward to reading it. I loved the cover and the blurb seemed interesting.
I’ve put off writing my review because I really did not care for the book at all, this was disappointing as the beginning of the story seemed so good.

I soon became overloaded with characters, so many of them yet I don’t feel I got to know even one.
The whole story just seemed a bit half hearted to me, it meandered here there and everywhere like a first draft awaiting a mas
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Danielle
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
As a big fan of Holly Throsby's music, I jumped at the chance to read her debut novel. Set in the fictional regional town of Goodwood, the small town's array of characters are disrupted by the disappearance of not one, but two prominent members of the town community - young, elusive teen Rosie and charismatic, community focused butcher Bart. Throsby has a lovely turn of phrase in her exploration of the simple, yet complex, caring, yet gossipy members of the town, but ultimately this novel plodde ...more
Lesley
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Just as it says on the back cover, "rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery." A perfect description of Holly Throsby's debut novel. Eagerly look forward to the next from her.
Ashleigh
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, full of secrets, and kept me on the edge of my seat, longer review to come on my blog
Janine
This was slow at times and really hard to keep track of a whole town's worth of characters.
Geoff Wooldridge
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Holly Throsby is best known to me as an Australian recording artist, having both a solo career and being a part of the female trio Seeker, Lover Keeper, with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltman. So it was a pleasant surprise to find that Holly had tried her hand at writing a novel.

In my experience, Goodwood is the Adelaide suburb my father and grandparents moved to in 1939 after selling the farm in rural South Australia.

But the fictional Goodwood in Throsby's novel is in rural New South Wales. It is
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Cass Moriarty
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Holly Throsby’s recent release Cedar Valley, I was keen to read her debut novel Goodwood (Allen & Unwin Books 2016). The two fictional towns, set in the rural south of Australia, are depicted with a keen eye for the claustrophobic life of small communities and well-tuned antennae for the complex social relationships upon which such places thrive.
The opening chapter of Goodwood begins: ‘Goodwood was a peaceful town before the tragedies. It sat itself quietly between a mountain and
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Carmel Demery
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was a wonderful debut novel from a well known Australian musician! A very relatable Australian setting full of a myriad of diverse, quirky characters. The setting is a small country town where two people - the young Rosie and the affable butcher Bart both go missing a week apart. What follows is a mystery but it isn't really written in a suspenseful way or as a thriller. Instead we meander through the life in the town after the disappearances and the interactio ...more
Laurena
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - a quick read with likeable characters in a small town setting.
Sophie
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this coming of age story. So beautifully written and with such quirky characters. Reminds me of an older version of the trouble with goats and sheep.
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Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released four solo albums, a children’s album called See! and her most recent album in 2011 was called Team. Holly has been nominated for four ARIA Awards – two for Best Female Artist, one for Best Children’s Album, and one as part of Seeker Lover Keeper, her band with Sally Seltmann and Sarah Blasko.
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