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Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden
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bookshelves: netgalley, australian, australian-women-writers-challenge, aww2014, romance, mystery, contemporary

‘Hope I’m not distracting you from bidding,’ I laugh.
He scratches his head. ‘Er, not me, no.’
I relax a notch. ‘Phew, now that would be freaky,’ I scoff, and a snort-laugh escapes. I lean in close. ‘Besides, the block is a swamp every time it rains …’
‘Is that right?’ A dimple appears on his cheek. Then he’s side-tracked again, looking around the crowd, at the little boy now on hands and knees with his ball at the fence, and it gives me a chance to suss him out. His clothes are different – brand names, ironed. His hair is longer, with an actual style. He’s better groomed now, not a trace of the greasy forehead and nineties’ chambray shirts, but he is still the Jack I knew. [...]
‘Are you here gauging the market then?’ I ask Jack, returning my attention to my Class of 2000 reunion for two.
His lips tighten, his grey eyes thin. ‘Not exactly …’
Behind his shoulder, I see the winning bidder hovering near the officials, staring out at the crowd.
Jack turns to scan the crowd too.
That’s when the lady in black smiles and waves. At Jack.
My jaw drops.
He knows her?
And that’s when the baseball-cap-wearing boy spots him, and races over.
‘Daddy!’ his little knee-high voice chirps. ‘I found doggee. He lickded me.’

Fresh out of a relationship with a cheating Merc-driving lawyer, social worker Frankie is desultorily doing up a weatherboard cottage in Brisbane. She is shocked to find her estranged childhood friend Jack Shaw buying the vacant block behind hers, with his partner and toddler. They quickly re-establish their intimacy, but between them always is the mystery of what happened while camping on the beach at schoolies - the night they lost Kate.

Kaden's romance is a solid debut, with convincing tension in the mystery, a great sense of place, and an engaging voice. One to watch!
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2014 – Started Reading
April 24, 2014 – Shelved
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: netgalley
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: australian-women-writers-challenge
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: aww2014
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: australian
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
April 24, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery
May 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
June 28, 2014 – Shelved as: contemporary

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