The Surrogate by Louise Jenson is a contemporary
psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat as your
heart races to the conclusion – definitely a ‘wow, wow, wow’ moment. I really
did not spot the ending coming.
As I read The
Surrogate I prided myself that I ‘knew’ exactly what was happening – how wrong
was I?! Louise Jenson cleverly drew me in before releasing me down a dead end
road. She is a very talented author and I have the utmost respect for her
ability to weave a tale.
The action alternates between ‘now’ and ‘then’
from differing points of view. It is all very cleverly done.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a contemporary novel about
life, families, truth and lies.
The novel was a consuming read. I
found it a slow burn at first but very quickly it became a ‘wow’ read.
Families are complicated affairs, especially
where teenagers are concerned. The reader witnesses sibling rivalry, the
pushing of boundaries, first love and the implications that follow.
People are hiding secrets. Some secrets will
break them if they come out but the burden of carrying them is heavy.
How much can money buy? Some characters seem to
think that money talks and they can buy anything – but money cannot buy you a
loving relationship. The richest person in the novel has very little money but
a heart full of love for her daughter and the vulnerable and the hurting.
Out Of Control
The Rules by Kerry Barnes is a contemporary
crime thriller that will draw the reader in from the start.
There is a fine line between the villains and the
heroes, with plenty of anti-heroes in between. It is a line that becomes ever
more blurred as the novel progresses. Trust is high on the agenda but with crosses
and double crosses the reader wonders just exactly who are the ‘good guys’?
Within the novel there are themes of drug
taking, supply and demand, gangland wars and violence. It is not a novel for
the faint hearted but it is a complex and well thought out plot.
Growing Old Disgracefully
The Single Ladies Of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell is
the most delightful novel about love and friendship and life.
Life is for living whether you
are eight or eighty. “The person inside doesn’t change just because a few years
The novel explores how
frustrating it can be when you are treated as old and infirm. Being older in
years does not equal deaf and daft. If we are still breathing, we can have fun.
The residents of the retirement
village are well past their first flush of youth and had forgotten how to live
until a sprightly seventy nine year old breezes in and shows them how to grow
old disgracefully. There are some very amusing moments as words are forgotten
or substituted. Malapropisms are the order of the day.