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Lapse by Sarah   Thornton
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it was amazing
bookshelves: australian-author, gift-from-publisher, mystery, 2019, debut

This is an excellent debut novel from ex-corporate lawyer Sarah Thornton. Set in a small rural Australian town where jobs are scarce and speculation about the weekly local football game is the focus of speculation at the local pub. This year the team is looking good with a new coach, Clementine Jones, and a chance at the finals for the first time in over fifty years. Clementine Jones, ex corporate lawyer, was running away from her past when she happened upon a small cottage outside the town that she fell in love with and decided it was time to stop running. No one knows her history and she wants to keep it that way. However, she can't stop herself playing amateur sleuth when her best player, Clancy, loses his job after being framed for theft and is warned to quit the team or else something bad might happen to him or his family. Although Clementine is also warned off, she soon finds herself uncovering some dark secrets and upsetting some very dangerous people.

Clementine is a great character, very gutsy and not afraid to ask questions, particularly in defending her favourite football players but she's like a kangaroo caught in the headlights, waiting to run as soon as someone unearths her past. The local town has a very authentic Australian feel as do the characters who run the town or play on the football team. The racial tension between the Aboriginal population, which Clancy belongs to, and the white population is realistically and sensitively depicted. The plot is fast and well written with a growing tension as Clementine's sense of justice gets her into trouble. I'm so glad this is the first in a series featuring Clementine and look forward to hearing more about her new life and football coaching career.

With many thanks to Text Publishing for a copy of the book to read
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Reading Progress

September 11, 2019 – Shelved
September 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
September 11, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-author
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: owned-tbr
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: gift-from-publisher
September 22, 2019 – Shelved as: mystery
September 30, 2019 – Started Reading
September 30, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019
October 3, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 4, 2019 – Shelved as: debut

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message 1: by Felicia (new)

Felicia Fantastic review, Carolyn 💖


Kylie H I have my copy from the publisher, cannot wait to read it now!


Carolyn Thanks Felicia!
Hope you love it too Kylie!


message 4: by Dale (new) - added it

Dale Harcombe Great review Carolyn.


message 5: by Fran (new)

Fran Wonderful review, Carolyn!


message 6: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Excellent review, Carolyn.


Carolyn Thanks Dale, Fran and Bianca, Another excellent Aussie mystery writer!


PattyMacDotComma Ah, a great review of a new Aussie author - YAY!


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