Christina's Reviews > The Red Door
The Red Door
Jan 24, 2017
This novel is a refreshing glimpse of immigrant Sydney couched in a plot that unravels an old murder mystery rooted in culture clash and physical abuse, difficult subjects to tackle but handled with aplomb by the author. The book starts with a woman’s observations about a neighbor that turn into an obsession. She does some digging and reveals he was involved in a tragedy from the past, and a host of secrets surrounding it. The plot was initially hard to get into, namely because it took a while to get to the actual mystery and seemed like a disjointed women’s friendship type story with numerous story lines. The story is told from multiple points of view, sometimes only a couple paragraphs in one character’s point of view, jumping in in mid-dialogue before abruptly switching to another POV, which lent an episodic feel rather than a narrative feel. When the story gets to the mystery, however, the plot starts taking shape and we see some of the previous character story lines woven in to the plot to wind up with a satisfying ending that brings justice. Chapters also have beautiful colour frontispiece illustrations by the author, as well as the cover, which are really a nice touch.
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January 24, 2017 – Shelved