Dale Furse is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.
As Nell’s 17th birthday draws near, she starts to experience changes that all feels strange to her. Her heightened senses enable her to communicate with animals and sense people’s feelings. It becomes apparent that Nell is anything but ordinary.
The story immediately takes shape and sets the conflict while you’re still reeling from the astonishing discovery. The plot thickens when more secrets are revealed and it quickly takes you to a world so alien, it gets perplexing – in a good way.
The air in Australia must be very conducive for wickedly imaginative writing as the Aussie author is able to create a world teeming with quirky characters and strange creatures with superhuman abilities. Here’s the brilliant part – you’re immersed in a fantasy world, but confronted by real hard issues of racism, discrimination and exclusion. The seamless interweaving of alien and human elements makes this a compelling read. I enjoyed it immensely.
A down-on-his-luck bookie, Tom Ashdown, becomes the accidental hero when he foils a kidnapping attempt on famous actress Melanie Adams. Tom gets the attention of the media, and unfortunately, the shady characters who perpetrated the failed kidnapping. Then all hell breaks loose.
The story has a slow start, but whatever you do, fight the urge to stop reading, because it gets really interesting when subplots start to unfold. The complexity draws you in and throws you off. Then it just keeps on surprising with plot twists that reveal layer upon layer of deception and manipulation that involve informants, covert agents, IRA splinter groups and other cast of characters – all keen on exacting revenge on their enemies.
Bill Ward is a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club.