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Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, whose last involuntary admission to hospital was before Kate was born. When his childhood best friend, Ina, returns next door, tensions rise in the house. Already unstable, Kathleen suspicions of Ina and Nicholas grow u ...more
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Published October 13th 2020 by Fomite Press
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Vishnu Chevli
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been provided ARC of the "Hinterland" by L.M. Brown in exchange for an honest review. As the cover was that of a flower vase on a chair, I didn't get any idea what to expect. So I checked the blurb, I got a feeling that book is a semi thriller and semi drama. Finally, I took a chance and read the book.

As mentioned in the blurb, the story is formed around a small family. Central characters of our story are Nicholas, his daughter (Kate), his wife (Kathleen), and Ina (his neighbor). The stor
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
In general, it was an interesting read and I liked the basic storyline itself. But I had a hard time connecting to Nicholas who was the main character. I could relate to his love to his daughter but everything else was really getting on my nerves. In the beginning, I thought that Nicholas was just a misunderstood soul but my dislike of this character grew with each page. He was stubborn, non-communicative and at some point just not likeable.

I did like the whole setup with the different characte
Erik McManus
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The other books I have read by Lorna have been anthologies and so they were collections of short stories. A lot of them tied together to form one big story. This was the first time that the novel was one complete book instead of it being split into a bunch of little stores that connected. It was the journey of a father trying to protect his daughter while struggling with his own demons.

I think the overall book was good as a whole but there definitely some parts that could have been cut out to ma
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
“He sat on the side of the bed and rubbed his face. They’d gone through this so many times before. A few months ago, he would have said, “For fuck sake, I work, take care of Kate and you, what more do you want?” But he was tired of hearing her say, “Don’t ask stupid questions,” and of the arguments that would ensue.”

Nicholas’ life revolves around looking after his five year old daughter, whom he adores, and andriving his taxi. His wife, Kathleen, is schizophrenic and he’s finding it increasingly
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hinterland is a family drama that takes its time developing and unraveling its characters. Nicholas Giovanni is devoted to Kate, his five year old daughter. He takes her to school, tends to her needs and drives a taxi to support them and Kate’s mother Kathleen. We learn early on that Kathleen suffers from a severe mental illness. Their next door neighbor is Tilly, who was close friends with Nicholas’ late mother. When Tilly has an accident, her daughter Ina returns to town to take care of her mo ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Kate wakes blur-eyed one morning to find her mother gone. She remembers her father running with her on his arms to Ina’s house. When did her world change so suddenly?

Hinterland deals with a dysfunctional family and portrays how the differences between parents affect children. I liked the theme. But I don’t know how I feel about the book. It felt... incomplete.

Honestly, I too strongly dislike people like Nicholas even in real life to like him in fiction. You cannot save a person by lying to them.
Matt McAvoy
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slow burning and hugely atmospheric, Lorna’s work always simmers below the surface, with an intensity which grows and engulfs the reader; this thought-provoking composition is no different. With a palpable feeling of menace growing gradually throughout, there is also an element of mysterious ambiguity, in this tale of a man with a history of violence struggling to raise his wayward daughter, whilst protecting her from the dark truth about her mentally ill mother. Be warned, it is as bleak as it ...more
Pallavi Sareen
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s desertion. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina is like a mother to her, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell Kate or Ina the truth about Kathleen’s last day, until Kate runs away, and he realizes his silence has torn everyone apart. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late.

Hinterland is a book about a dysfunctional family. There needs to be a lot more unde
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hinterland is a heartfelt story about a family torn apart due to mental illness. Kathleen Lehanne, the partner of Nicholas Giovanni and mother of Kate Giovanni, has been struggling with schizophrenia for several years. When Kate is five years of age, Kathleen stops taking her medication for treating her condition, and this leads to a traumatic event involving Kate that negatively affects the familial relationships. Questions arise as to Kathleen’s awareness of her actions surrounding the inciden ...more
Arun Tankasali
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hinterland by L M Brown is an emotional drama that portrays an unconditional love of a father to his daughter. The story has been uniquely written with different situations that make it an interesting read. The main protagonist in the story is Nicholas Giovanni, a caring father and a good husband.The story revolves around his life and his young daughter Kate.

It is the story of a man so committed to his family. Nicholas drives a taxi for his living and lives with her daughter and wife Kathleen wh
Happy Booker
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hinterland is a fictional story written about family, love and the importance of a father’s love for her daughter. Nicholas has a five-year-old daughter named Kate. Kate’s life falls apart when her mother disappears, and Nicholas does not reveal the real reason that has happened. This causes a lot of friction and ultimately results in Kate running away. At the same time, Ina, Nicholas’s childhood best friend and neighbor, is an outstanding person in Nicholas’s life. With the added drama, she too ...more
Pamela Scott
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it

I’ve read other books by the author and really enjoyed them so I had high hopes for this, her first novel. I liked the title because it’s the same as my favourite crime show. I loved the cover, it begs to be read. This is an incredibly sad but beautifully written book. Kathleen and Nicholas’s life is complicated. Kathleen is mentally ill and this puts a strain on their relationship. They fight a lot, Nicholas is not always patient with Kathleen or tolerant
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book introduces you to Nicholas Giovanni and his daughter Kate.

With "Hinterland", L. M. Brown has created a story with incredibly authentic characters. Each chapter takes you closer to the protagonists, their agonies, and their actions. L. M. Brown presents an intense and well-elaborated story which is intriguing, occasionally disturbing, and that offers food for thought at the same time. The protagonists are believable, complex; their behaviour might not always be reasonable - yet quite un
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book was a rollercoaster of emotion. This definitely isn't a book you pick up for merely a few minutes of reading, it's the kind you dedicate an entire afternoon to.

The story is told from the perspective Nick and for a few times Kate and Ina. The writing is nothing short of beautiful and descriptive. It's detailed but still to the point, the flow emulates the emotion perfectly in the story.

The author draws you into a story ri
Kara Marks
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Really interesting book, but disappointing overall. I was a bit lost at first as to where the book was taking place—I assumed it was set in the UK due to using “garden” instead of “yard,” and other things like that. Then Logan Airport is referred to, so I looked it up—Boston. Ok, strange—now I see the author is originally from Ireland, so it makes more sense. Although we’ll-written overall, and fascinating at times, the book was rather sad. It dealt not with just mental illness, but violence, od ...more
Anneliese Grassi
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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What a story this was. The storyline has a lot of moving pieces to it, spanning over many years and multiple characters. When the mother of Nicholas’s daughter “disappears,” he takes care of his daughter, Kate, on his own with the help of an old childhood friend, Ina. As Kate grows older and has more questions about her mom and her mom’s whereabouts, Nicholas’s refusal to be honest with his daughter has her doing things that no parent wants to deal with!

This book is filled with all kinds of iss
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Hinterland is an emotional story of a father and a daughter and the decision they take in their lives to protect our loved ones.

It’s a fascinating story built in layers. As the reader progresses through the chapters, they peel each layer to reach the essence of the book. One rides through various emotions from shock to feeling insecure to understanding the depth of the plot. The story takes up the shape of mystery, and the reader navigates through these mysteries to understand the characters. Th
Amy Shannon
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magnificent read, indeed!

Brown pens a powerful and dramatic story in Hinterland. I am already a big fan of Brown's work, and this story is just a wonderfully, dramatic page-turner. The characters, such as little Kate, and Nicholas meld perfectly in this story. It's full of drama, and both heartfulling and heart breaking intensity. This book deserves a second read! (and maybe more). A very well-written story, and I enjoyed it. It is always a joy to read this author's stories. I've read Brown's wo
Lisa |  Read Between the Spines
Before my review, I want to mention that I received an e-ARC as part of @teabooksandtours book tour in exchange for an honest review.

I think how much you like 𝘏𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 really depends on how much you enjoy fiction that solely focuses on family drama. For me, this story just didn't have enough going on. I wanted more. But I also know that this will be a book other people will really like.

As for me, I was left reading waiting for something more to happen. It wasn't that the book wasn't rich; I
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a deeply moving compilation of many human emotions and experiences. It spans decades of family relationships, childhood friendships and inner struggles. Two of the main characters grew up as next door neighbors and eventually are living as adults in their childhood homes. There are so many intricate threads of history of many of the characters and the reader is slowly brought into each person's back story and how everyone is intertwined with all the other characters. The author bril ...more
Ali Bacon
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas works nights as a taxi driver and is rushing to get home to be with his daughter Kate because her mother Kathleen isn’t able to look after her. The reasons turn out to be Kathleen’s long-standing mental health issues which have been severe enough for her to have been hospitalised in the past. When Nicholas’ old girl friend Ina moves in next door, Kathleen is destabilised and the neighbours are suspicious.
In the first half of this book Lorna Brown deftly builds up a picture of the diffic
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not sure what I was expecting but this wasn't it! It was good but slow. It's definitely not a cozy and it's not really a thriller either. But it is a good story. You just have to stick with it.
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
Rutuja Ramteke
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it

Hinterland is one of those books that will leave you thinking. I was so intrigued by the cover and couldn't stop myself from reading it. Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, whose last involuntary admission to hospital was while pregnant. Tension start to rise with the return of Ina, Nicholas’ childhood best friend, to the house next door. Kathleen doesn’t trust her or Nicholas.
Shiny  Jain
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
✍️The story of Nicholas Giovanni who is a caring husband and father. His entire life revolves around his daughter Kate who is too young. It was a normal story until his childhood best friend Ina returns home, Nicholas' childhood best friend, to the house next door. Kathleen doesn't trust her or Nicholas. Already unstable, Kathleen's suspicions culminate in a day of violence, and Kathleen's disappearance. Kate's life is shattered by her mother s desertion. No one will tell her where Kathleen is. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What is a "hinterland?" Depending on which specific definition, it can be the land adjacent to the coastline of the ocean or a large river; or it can be any land that is away from the cities - the back country.

In its own way, both definitions apply to this novel. It takes place near the port city of Boston, and in the unmapped territory of family relationships, mental illness, and in the confusion of the heart. The main characters are neighbors - a elderly mother, Tilly, and her daughter, Ina, w
David Harris
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to the author for an advance e-copy of Hinterland to consider for review.

Hinterland is an intense, closely observed study of one family living in a Boston suburb over a decade or so in the early 2000s.

We meet Nicholas ‍Giovanni, a taxi driver, whose main focus in life is the protection of his young daughter, Kate. When first introduced, he is sneaking away from his nightshift and back into the house while baby Kate and her mother Kathleen sleep, to check that all is well with Kate.
Ginny Dutt
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hinterland by L M Brown
“The abandonment was the worst cruelty.”
The story opens with a very caring father Nicholas Giovanni, a taxi driver living with his five year old daughter Kate and her mother Kathleen in the same house where he grew up and in the neighborhood who knew him as a child, teenager and now as a father. He is a kind of that over-protective parent that even we’d grown up with but the thing that sets him apart from other parents is that he is trying to save his daughter from her own
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
"Apart from funerals, Nicholas hadn't been inside a church in years, yet he made the sign of the cross whenever he passed St. Joseph's, and thought of his daughter."
That's the first sentence. I was blown away - strap in, this is going to be a serious book, I said to myself. The writing hit me as methodical, sonorous, full of weight - I was fully expecting a deep philosophical journey after that great opening line, and the first chapter, as a whole, is very well-written. We are introduced to Nic
Rose Auburn
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hinterland is set in Boston and involves the reader in the lives of Nicholas Giovanni, his young daughter, Kate and Kate’s mother, Kathleen. Kathleen suffers from mental illness and her instabilities have been exacerbated by Kate’s arrival. Nicholas works nights so he can care for their daughter. When his childhood friend and old flame, Ina, moves back to the neighbouring house, simmering tensions within and between all characters escalate leaving five-year old Kate without a Mother and no expla ...more
Namrata Ganti
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hinterland is a story of one family's experience with mental illness as well as the choices they make and the subsequent consequences. The main protagonist Nicholas is a devoted father to his daughter Kate and takes care of her mother Kathleen. Initially we are introduced to these three characters and their neighbor, an elder woman named Tilly. She has known Nicholas since his youth. Nicholas has a strained relationship with Kathleen and we can see how that indirectly affects Kate, a five year o ...more
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L.M Brown is the author of novels Debris and Hinterland, and the linked short story collections Treading The Uneven Road and Were We Awake. Her award winning stories have been published in over a dozen magazines.

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