Reviews

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

Author: Kirsty Eagar Publisher: Penguin Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 978-0-14-320655-2 No of Pages: 314 Review By: Alexandra Fergusson Book Synopsis: Abbie lives a normal teen life. Her three obsessions. The ocean. Art. And Kane. With the unexpected return of Kane. Abbie has been noticing strange, unaccountable things. A dark presence is shadowing Kane and only

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The Tunnels of Tarcoola – 2013 Davitt Winner – Young Adult – by Jennifer Walsh

Author: Jennifer Walsh Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2012 Review By: Vikki Petraitis Book Synopsis: 2013 Davitt Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Four kids accidentally stumble upon a series of tunnels down on their favourite stretch of beach. They become trapped in the tunnels by the high tide, and start moving inland. The

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My Island Homicide by Catherine Titasey

Author: Catherune Titasey Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: When Thea takes the job as Officer in Charge of the Thursday Island police station, she has no idea that her desire to start anew and return to her mother’s Islander roots will be the greatest challenge of

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Darkwater by Georgia Blain

Author: Georgia Blain Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: 9781864719833 Review By: Sarah Robinson-Hatch Book Synopsis: Amanda Clarke is dead. Her body was found floating facedown by the riverbank, and no one knows what happened. As rumours fly and fear grows, it seems that everyone suspects Lyndon, one of Amanda’s friends. He’s known for

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The Midnight Dress – 2014 Davitt Award – Young Adult Fiction – by Karen Foxlee

Author: Karen Foxlee Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 970-702-249648 No of Pages: 328 Review By: Vikki Petraitis Book Synopsis: Rose Lovell’s dad is an alcoholic and father and daughter move around quite a bit. One stop they make turns out to be different from all the rest. At school, she meets

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Muder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black

Author: Cara Black Publisher: Soho Crime Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: A long-lost Modigliani, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret- Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting yet. The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho-chic in the 1920’s, when artists, writers and their muses drank absinthe

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Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Author: Sarah Foster Publisher: Bantam ISBN: 978 1 74275 399 7 Review By: Lesley Vick Book Synopsis: How far would you go to save someone you love? Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family. Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter Maya, who’s nurturing her

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No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendall

Author: Ruth Rendall Publisher: Hutchinson Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 978-0-09-195385-0 Review By: Susan Woldenberg Butler Book Synopsis: A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When

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A Stranger in my Street by Deborah Burrows

Author: Deborah Burrows Publisher: Pan Mac Millan (Australia) Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 9781742611913 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: It’s January 1943. Australia is at war and Perth is buzzing. US troops have permanently docked in the city in what local men refer to bitterly as the American occupation, and Perth women are having the

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No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendall

Author: Ruth Rendall Publisher: Hutchinson Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 978-0-09-195385-0 Review By: Susan Woldenberg Butler Book Synopsis: A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When

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