Sunday, 5 February 2017

Summer Reading with Book Chat

 The Fence by Meredith Jaffe

When new neighbours move in next door, Gwen, a long-term Green Valley Avenue resident, is welcoming - at first. But Frankie, desperate to save her marriage and worried about her lively family of four, wants to put up a fence. Gwen isn’t so happy about this and difficulties arise with misunderstanding and miscommunication aplenty. A thoughtful read with great characters and a very Australian feel.

It has been 30 years or so since the fall of the Mr Asia drug syndicate which was responsible for a string of murders, and the importation of hundreds of kilos of marijuana and heroin to New Zealand, Australia and Britain. Jim Shepherd tells the story of the gang’s rise and fall and he should know, as he was ranked at number two in the team. This makes Mr Asia: Last Man Standing a unique and enthralling read.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

When Kate rushes to collect her daughter Amelia from her private school, she arrives too late. Amelia has jumped to her death – driven by guilt over an allegation of cheating. The official line reads ‘suicide’ but Kate receives a text message that says otherwise. How far will a mother go to vindicate her daughter’s memory? Unputdownable - a must read for fans of ‘Gone Girl’.

The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan

Why would Imogen Naughton want to leave her perfect marriage? How will she survive without her doting husband Vince who treats her like a princess? Or does he? Irish chick lit author O’Flanagan takes a perceptive look at what goes on behind closed doors to paint a convincing picture of psychological abuse. Imogen’s escape plan and her bid to make a new life for herself make for a compelling read.

Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood

Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher finds herself suddenly in the middle of a shooting, and soon a young anarchist is dying in her arms. This instalment of Greenwood’s popular 1920’s mystery series includes bank robbery, a tattoo parlour, pubs and spiritualist halls. When companion, Dot, is kidnapped, you can be sure Phryne will do her darnedest to help put those responsible behind bars. A bright, lively read, which recreates Melbourne in the flapper era to a tee.

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