Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts. (2018). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Simone survived a shooting massacre in a shopping mall when she was a teenager. More then 10 years later and now an artist, Simone still struggles with survivor's guilt and grief. She begins to open up to Detective Reed, who also survived the… Continue reading Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts. (2018).
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. (2018). **No stars as didn't finish - read 58 of 336 pages** It's 2003 and Romy is facing two consecutive life sentences in prison. She is stuck inside while outside is the San Francisco of her youth, and her young son. Inside involves thousands of women hustling for the… Continue reading The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. (2018).
The Student by Iain Ryan. (2017). **3.5 out of 5 stars** It is 1994 in Gatton, Queensland. Nate is a uni student who deals marijuana. A girl called Maya has been killed by an unknown person. Nate's friend and dealer is missing and Nate needs more marijuana. He is high, alone and being threatened by… Continue reading The Student by Iain Ryan. (2017).
The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee. (2018). **3.5 out of 5 stars** New South Wales, 1888 - Louisa Collins was sentenced to death after being tried multiple times for the alleged murders of her two husbands. A deciding factor in those trials was the testimony of her young daughter. These events followed a life… Continue reading The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee. (2018).
Twin Peaks : The Final Dossier by Mark Frost. (2017). **3.5 out of 5 stars** Usually I try to paraphrase and write my own short blurb but in this case I'm cheating and taking the blurb from Goodreads: "The crucial sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Secret History of Twin Peaks, this novel… Continue reading Twin Peaks : The Final Dossier by Mark Frost. (2017).
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. (2018). **4 out of 5 stars** Nine strangers attend a health and wellness resort called Tranquillum House for a promised total transformation. The resort's female director is on a mission to reinvigorate their tired bodies and minds. The nine strangers have no idea the lengths she'll go to, just… Continue reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. (2018).
Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone. (2018). **4.5 out of 5 stars** Ella was hoping to be an Olympic swimmer before something derailed those plans and she's never swum again. Now she is embarking on a real estate career in a small country town. Jake doesn't really want to sell his nanna's house but… Continue reading Water Under the Bridge by Lily Malone. (2018).
Just wanted to put up an appreciation post of the Australian authors whose books I've quite enjoyed so far this year - there's plenty more homegrown talent out there and I look forward to discovering more and more talented Aussie authors 🙂 In no particular order, these authors are worth checking out: • Barbara… Continue reading Talented Australian Authors
Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall. (2016). **4 out of 5 stars** As daughters of lighthouse keepers, Kate and Harriet are best friends growing up together on as isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. Everything changes with the arrival of the fisherman McPhail and Kate sees the attraction between Harriet and McPhail. One moment in his hut… Continue reading Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall. (2016).
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. (2018). **3.5 out of 5 stars** After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the secluded mansion of her new fiancee Max, a wealthy senator and recent widower. All over the house are remnants of Max's first wife Rebekah, and living with them is Max's teenage daughter… Continue reading The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. (2018).