#Blogtour The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw @claidlawauthor @AccentPress @annecater #RandomThingsTours #TheSpaceBetweenTime

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The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw  Accent Press  June 20th 2019

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains
of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini’s perfect life begins to splinter when her celebrity father becomes more distant, and her mother dies suspiciously during a lightning storm. This death has a massive effecton Emma, but after stumbling through university, she settles into work
as a journalist in Edinburgh. Her past, however, cannot be escaped. Her mental health becomes unstable. But while recovering in a mental institution, Emma begins to
write a memoir to help come to terms with the unravelling of her life. She finds ultimate solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe – which offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

My Review

I can’t quite work out why I liked this novel so much, maybe because it wasn’t quite what I expected. After reading the blurb I was prepared for the scientific theory and a narrative that would be quite dark and stark. Instead I was more than pleasantly surprised at the lightness and humour that infused the novel.

I loved his main character, Emma, and her fractured journey from young girl to adulthood. Here was a young girl who tried so desperately to understand the adult world she found herself in, a famous actor father, largely absent, and a mother who struggled in the spot light and did her best to hide her mental health issues before leaving Emma to cope on her own.

And what about Emma’s own mental health, explored so wonderfully and poignantly by Laidlaw? It was definitely not dark but laced with some wonderfully funny moments. You read as she struggled to cope with the fame her father relished, the apparent distance he placed between Emma and her Mum. Did he really love them, were there other people, all questions you saw her asking but could never find the answer. If her father was the ogre her brilliant scientist Grandfather was her hero, the one she admired and loved the most. He was a man who never lost faith in his scientific theories of the universe who batted away the ridicule. I admired the skill in which Laidlaw pulled apart his theories and perfectly matched them to the thoughts and events in Emma’s life, a unique way to try make us understand what was happening to her.

The theory itself was luckily in layman’s terms, easy for us, the reader to understand.

As Emma’s life progressed so did her difficulty in maintaining two personas and you knew that at some point she would come crashing down. When she did Laidlaw made us feel her rawness and pain and the battle with herself as she attempted to put herself to back together.

I couldn’t help but feel empathy for Emma, felt anger at her Father, frustration at her Mother. Their own self absorption came at a price, but Laidlaw didn’t let us wallow as he kept the darkness away with his wonderful supporting cast. I loved Oz and Patsy, but my absolute favourites had to be the Dalek and Knox of which I shall say no more!

Mental health is something that can affect us all at some point in our lives it’s portrayal more prevalent than ever in the novel. Those novels are often bleak, and dark often leaving you empty and bereft but not The Space Between Time, it was a shining star, a novel of love, laughter and hope and I absolutely loved it.

I would like to thank Accent Press for a copy of The Space Between Time to read and review and to Anne Cater Of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a national newspaper journalist and worked in defence intelligence. He now runs his own marketing consultancy in East Lothian. He is married with two grown-up
children.

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#Blogtour Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst @JennyBlackhurst @headlinepg @annecater #RandomThingsTours #SomeoneIsLying

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Someone Is Lying by Jenny Blackhurst   Headline

It’s been a year since Erica Spencer died in a tragic accident at a party, and the community where she lived has moved on with their lives. Everybody has secrets.
But someone thinks it wasn’t an accident. Someone thinks it was murder. Some are worth killing for. And when an anonymous podcast names six local suspects, shockwaves ripple through the neighbourhood. Before the podcast is over, the police will be opening more than one murder enquiry. Because someone is lying…
But who?

My Review

Cheshire conjures up images of wealthy footballers, their wives, their vast luxurious houses, but what about those who are a couple of rungs below, not as wealthy, but financially well off, able to afford that detached house in a gated community. Are their lives full of glamour or do they have to endure the munitae of everyday life like us mere mortals?

To answer those questions Jenny Blackhurst took us inside one such Cheshire gated community. She gave us six individuals, wives, husbands, single mothers, all connected in everyday life, all willing or unwilling participants in a death that could or could not have been murder. Did one of them know more than they let on, was it really an accident or something more sinister.

Jenny Blackhurst took us into those lives, into their secrets they wanted protect at all costs. I loved the rivalry between them, the outward bitchiness between both the men and the women, the sly looks, the whispered asides, that made you wonder who was telling the truth, who you could trust.

No one was particularly likeable, all were selfish and that is what made Blackhurst’s novel so good. Each charcater would stop at nothing to protect themselves, Karla and Marcus and their brand, Felicity and her fatherless twins, Miranda her good name and standing in the community. I relished the way in which they turned on one another, the stakes raised higher and higher.

The use of social media and a podcast that revealed more and more about each of them, worked brilliantly and I shared the same sense of anticipation and tension as the characters as we waited for the next explosive episode.

The secrets when they emerged were often not what you thought or expected and I just love the unexpected in a novel. The myriad of twists and turns were unrelenting and thrilling as Blackhurst left nothing unsaid, all the threads neatly tied up as we reached a thrilling conclusion.

For all its unfolding drama and intrigue Blackhurst gave us another view, one of the importance of loving and respecting those around us, of not taking what you saw on the outside for granted.

You could see the characters realise the superficiality of their current lives, their eyes opened to what was truly important and it did make me like some of the characters a little bit as they slowly redeemed themselves.

Someone Is Lying would make a great TV drama and I do hope that it is optioned, so that I can take a few guesses as to which actors would play which character.

A fantastic read and ideal for a summer beach read!

I would like to thank Headline for a copy of Someone Is Lying to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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Jenny Blackhurst grew up in Shropshire where she still lives with her husband and children. Growing up she spent hours reading and talking about crime novels – writing her own seemed like natural progression

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#Blogtour Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop @vichislop @headlinepg @annecater #RandomThingsTours #ThoseWhoAreLoved

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Those Who Are Loved By Victoria Hislop  Headline Review 30th May 

Those Who Are Loved is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece in World War II, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.
Athens 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade. Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance. In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.
Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live. As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.
This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

My Review 

Greece, a country many of us have visited on holidays, enjoyed its hot sunny days, the people and the culture, but what do we know of its history? Yes, we might know about the Greek myths and legends but what about its role in World War 2 and afterwards. Hislop’s novel, Those Who Are Loved took us back to those times and through the eyes and ears of her main character, Themis, she wove a story that was not only eye opening, but horrifying and extremely interesting.

From Themis’s life as a young girl to old age there was nothing she did not see, do or indeed suffer. Her fractured family, an absentee father, a mother who left them all behind, unable to cope with the stresses of life, the only constant in her life her Grandmother. What a woman she was, strong, resilient, reliable, the peacemaker, the person they all loved and respected more than anyone else. She looked after a family divided down the middle, politics forever a topic argued over the dinner table, and indeed the politics of Greek history was never faraway, a device cleverly used by Hislop to divide the family and showcase their characters.

Themis and brother Panos took the side of the opposition, the communists, Thanasis and Margarita, the government, the ruling power. Were any of them right, were their views the right ones for Greece, for the Greek people? It was a question Hislop never answered, instead she gave a measured and balanced view, used her characters to show the passion and ferociousness of the political divides.

If Those Who Are Loved had its basis in politics, it also clearly showed what the consequences of fighting for your political ideals would be. Hislop chose to highlight the women, their role, their passion and most of all their suffering. Whilst some women stayed at home, there were many, Themis included, who chose to fight on the frontline, to train as the men did, to be treated as equals, and it was here that Hislop truly excelled.

Hislop’s narrative was wonderfully stark and vivid and you could not help but be moved and indeed horrified by the atrocities inflicted on Themis and her fellow women, it certainly opened my eyes on periods of history I knew nothing about. Themis, herself was brave, courageous, resilient and some may say foolhardy. Her will and determination was made of iron but she wasn’t cold and distant, but full of love, of trying to do what she thought was the right thing for her family, even if that meant she compromised and suppressed some of her beliefs and actions.

For all its brutality and harshness, the core theme of Those Who Are Loved was one of love and hope, of forgiveness, each character had some redeeming feature, some lightness that you, and they could cling onto. The historical detail was well researched and brilliantly done, never taking over the narrative nor Hislops characters. It was storytelling at its best and I for one was captivated.

I would like to thank Headline for a copy of Those Who Are Loved to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogpsot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author 

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Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. The Island has sold over 1.2million copies in the UK and more than 5 million worldwide. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set short story collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014. Victoria’s most recent book, Cartes Postales
from Greece was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and one of the Top Ten biggest selling paperbacks of 2017. Her novels have sold 10 million copies worldwide.
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#Blogtour The Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen translated by Don Bartlett #GunnarStaalesen @OrendaBooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #TheWolvesAtTheDoor

 

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The Wolves At The Door by Gunnar Staalesen  Orenda Books  June 13th 2019

One dark January night a car drives at high speed towards PI Varg Veum, and comes very close to killing him. Veum is certain this is no accident, following so soon after the deaths of two jailed men who were convicted for their participation in a case of child pornography and sexual assault … crimes that Veum himself once stood wrongly accused of committing. While the guilty men were apparently killed accidentally, Varg suspects that there is something more sinister at play … and that he’s on the death list of
someone still at large. Fearing for his life, Veum begins to investigate the old case, interviewing the victims of abuse and delving deeper into the brutal crimes, with shocking results. The wolves are no longer in the dark … they are at his door. And they
want vengence.

My Review

You know you are in safe hands when Gunnar Staalesen produces another Varg Veum novel. The contents nor the trials and tribulations of Veum are not always pleasant to read but you know you are a guaranteed a cracking storyline.

Wolves At The Door was no different, but this the time the crime or crimes were a little bit too close for comfort for our investigator. Investigating people for child abuse is never easy but when Veum found himself implicated and connected you knew that he would do everything to clear his name, to bring those responsible to justice.  And this is just what he set out to do, but Staalesen didn’t take the usual crime route of fast paced, and sirens whirring interspersed with the odd bit of violence. no he slowed it right down.

Staalesen skilfully matched the pace perfectly to the pace of his investigator, it was slow, and methodical as Veum investigated every nook and every crany.

The characters he encountered all had secrets to hide, and you could feel Veum’s frustration as he questioned their answers and motives, wondered who was lying, who he could believe.

I liked that Staalesen was measured in his approach, in the ways in which he portrayed the abuse of the children. He didn’t blatantly flaunt it, but gave us glimpses that were both stark and horrifying, but relevant and in keeping with the subtleties of the novel. There was one scene towards the end that will stay with me for a long time but again it served a purpose, wasn’t thrown in for dramatic effect.

As i have already stated Wolves At The Door wasn’t fast paced but that wasn’t to say it wasn’t compelling or lack all the intrigue and twist and turns of a crime novel. It was a novel where the myriad of characters and Staalesen’s investigation into their motives and urges that was at the forefront. He perfectly highlighted the effects child abuse can have not only at the time but its repercussions later in life, how it can affect their everyday life and indeed how they might treat their own children.

The perpetrators were vile and despicable but in a way they too were also victims, but you couldn’t feel sorry for them, only disgust and contempt. The police did their best, the justice system often worked against them, their hands tied. This was what was so good about Wolves At The Door, Staalesen’s understanding, his ability to see the whole picture. He gave us a balanced, careful view that he brilliantly wove into the novels storyline. His investigator Veum, a man with dignity, respect and a tenacious need to not only clear his own name but see the real criminals brought to justice .

It was a stark and very dark novel, but an important one that was both thought provoking, intelligent and very good.

I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Wolves At The Door to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour

About the author

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty-three titles, which have been published in twenty-six countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is currently being filmed. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife.

#Blogtour The River by Peter Heller #Peterheller @wnbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #TheRiver

 

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The River by Peter Heller by Weidenfeld and Nicolson May 16th May 2019

TWO FRIENDS
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of books and the great outdoors.
THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME 
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience. 
No phones. No fellow travellers. No going back. 
A HELLISH RIDE
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature’s destructive power becomes a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.

My Review

Nature at its best is beautiful, cleansing and awe inspiring, but what if it turned against us and unleashed its power putting our lives in danger? What if you added in the human element, a race to save yourselves, not only from nature but those intent on making sure you didn’t survive? It would certainly make a great novel and that is exactly what Peter Heller did with his novel, The River.

Two friends Jack and Wynn kayaked down a river, the smell of a huge fire lingered in the air, in the background, a distant worry, that somehow didn’t seem to faze them. Two young men brought up living the outdoor life, both capable, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, that complemented each other, made them a great team.

Jack, practical, level headed, a realist, the constant. Wynn, the optimist, the more wistful of the two, always prepared to see the good in everyone. I loved the little glimpses that Heller gave us of their upbringing, a way to explain their actions as events slowly unfolded.

The River was definitely not fast paced but had an unerring tension about it, that built slowly, the rapids and calmness of the river perfectly matched the unravelling of events, of Wynn and Jacks ups and downs, as they fought for their survival.

What stood out, what made this novel so brilliant was Heller’s descriptive prose. Somehow through the vividness of his words you couldn’t help be be there with Jack and Wynn, you felt the strong currents of the rapids, the still calmness. as they floated down the river, and the ever present smell of the raging fire. Heller also gave a real sense of the beauty of what surrounded them, the animals, the birds, the bold eagle circling, hunting for prey, a sense of isolation, of peaceful solitude away from the stress of every day life. It was almost, as if through Jack and Wynn he was telling us to appreciate what we have around us, and  the people that are in our lives, certainly something that you could see Jack and Wynn knew would never take for granted again.

The sense of anticipation of what would happen next was never far away, danger lurked behind the next bend in the river or the next camp they made. I could feel Jack’s growing desperation and nervousness, his frustration with Wynn, yet the bond between them never wavered, their belief in each other strong.

The latter parts of the novel were suspenseful and fast and I wasn’t sure just how Heller would bring it to its conclusion. When he did, it wasn’t what I expected yet it was poignant, evocative and an apt and perfect conclusion to a wonderful novel.

The River was a wonderful, evocative story of the power of nature and friendship, and its was a truly awe inspiring read.

I would like to thank Weidenfeld and Nicholson for a copy of The Ricer to read and review and to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

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PETER HELLER is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four bestselling novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE DOG STARS, a Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Book of the Year. Born and raised in New York, he attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and white-water kayaker. He has travelled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, and won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem ‘The Psalms of Malvine’.

#Blogtour Bonnie And Stan by Anna Stuart @annastuartbooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #BonnieAndStan

 

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Bonnie and Stan by Anna Stuart   Orion May 30th 2019

After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.

Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day. Ultimately feel-good and full of emotion, Bonnie & Stan will make your heart sing.

My Review

I can’t say I’m always that keen on reading novels about cancer, it often feels just a little close to home. Bonnie and Stan could not have been more different, yes cancer was there just lingering below the surface, but it wasn’t the dominate theme. Instead Stuart brilliantly used it as a device to show us the meaning of real love, one that can be enduring and everlasting. She gave us Bonnie and Stan, a couple who had met in the 60’s, in Liverpool at the time of The Beatles.

You couldn’t help but be submerged in the excitement of the times, of Bonnie and Stan’s escapades in The Cavern, of Stan’s desire to make it big with his band the Best Boys. What I liked more than anything was Bonnie’s story, a woman ahead of her time, as she struggled in the male dominated world of architecture, batting against prejudice on her university course. A truly strong woman, but in the present, faced with the loss of her love, Stuart showed her other side, the vulnerability the fear and denial of Stan’s condition. It tugged at our heartstrings, it frustrated but somehow you knew she would find inner resolve and strength.

Stan, for me was a wonderfully romantic figure, the man you would want to marry, the best dad and the greatest Grandfather. I loved the relationship he had with Granddaughter Greya, the old and the new that shared a mutual respect and understanding and was wonderfully poignant. I loved his selflessness, his pursuit of happiness for his wife when he was no longer there, of making sure his family would be taken care off, able to cope without him.

The one thing Bonnie and Stan had in bucket loads was its humour, that had me chuckling away to myself on more than a few occasions, I particularly loved Terry, his conscience, the devil or angel on Stan’s shoulder.

Bonnie and Stan was a novel of finding the positive in a brutally negative situation, of finding happiness in the simple things, of an appreciation of family and most of all love, to holding on to it and never letting it go.

It was heartwarming, life affirming and an utter joy to read.

I would like to thank Orion for a copy of Bonnie and Stan to read and review and to Compulsive Readers for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to partcipate in the blogtour.

 

About the author

 

Anna wanted to be an author from the moment she could pick up a pen and was writing boarding-school novels behind the sofa by the age of nine. She made the early mistake of thinking she ought to get a ‘proper job’ and went into Factory Planning – a career that gave her some wonderful experiences, amazing friends and even a fantastic husband, but did not offer much creative scope. So when she stopped to have children she took the chance to start the ‘improper job’ of writing. During the baby years she wrote in those gaps provided by sleeps, playschools and obliging grandparents, publishing short stories and serials in all the women’s magazines. Her ultimate aim was to write longer fiction and several years ago she published a series of successful historical novels under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. She will continue to publish under that name but is delighted, as Anna Stuart, to also be able to write Bonnie and Stan – a real-life romance set in both the present day and sixties Liverpool.

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#Blogtour Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty @Hardisty_Paul @OrendaBooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #TurbulentWake

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Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty  Orenda Books March 21st 2019

A bewitching, powerful and deeply moving story of love, loss and grief. This extraordinary departure from the critically acclaimed thriller writer Paul E Hardisty explores the indelible damage we can do to those closest to us, the tragedy of history repeating itself and ultimately, the power of redemption in a time of change. Paul drew on his own experiences of travelling around the world as an engineer, from the dangerous deserts of Yemen, the oil rigs of Texas, the wild rivers of Africa, to the stunning coral cays of the Caribbean.
Ethan Scofield returns to the place of his birth to bury his father, with whom he had a difficult relationship. Whilst clearing out the old man’s house, he finds a strange manuscript, a collection of vignettes and stories that cover the whole of his father ’s turbulent and restless life.
As his own life unravels before him, Ethan works his way through the manuscript, searching for answers to the mysteries that have plagued him since he was a child. What happened to his little brother? Why was his mother taken from him? And why, in the end, when there was no one left for him, did his own father push him away?

My Review

Father, son, one dead, one still living. The son, Ethan works hard, strives for success yet fails, even in his personal life, his ex-wife looked down upon him, his daughter lacked respect. Was he set to follow his now dead father and face a life alone, estranged from those he loved and full of bitterness. It is as Ethan read his father’s newly discovered manuscripts that documented his life you could see the cogs in his mind as they began to turn, as he examined his own past, his present and indeed what could be his future.

Told in alternating chapters it was the father’s manuscripts that intrigued and enthralled and held me rapt. Hardisty opened up a whole world, from the gloom of London streets to the heat and dust of Africa. His vivid descriptions of the places visited were fantastically real, the heat and the beauty of them oozed from the pages.

If the scene setting was brilliant, the characters Hardisty presented us with were even more brilliant. We saw a man’s life laid bare on the blank pages, a life as an engineer, a husband, a father but one that saw him take risks, to put his own perhaps selfish needs first. You knew he adored and loved his wife Helena, yet Hardisty gave him a self destructive streak,  as though what he had was too good to be true, as if he didn’t deserve it. His children Ethan and Adam felt secondary to his love for Helena and his work and his actions bore consequences that affected the rest of his life.  You wondered if this was the reason for his apparent estrangement from Ethan, the manuscripts an explanation, maybe even an apology.

As each revelation unfurled you could see Ethan, withdraw into himself, shut himself off, as though it was all too much, as though it pointed the finger at him, that it touched nerves that were open and raw.

And this is what i loved about Hardisty’s narrative, the simultaneous unravelling of two lives, that he handled with great skill. He beautifully captured their emotion, their inner turmoil, he didn’t make us feel sorry for them, just made us see that our trajectory in life is up to us, of our own making, that it is us that had to live with the consequences and regrets.

Hardisty also gave us hope that no matter how bad life can get, there is always a means of turning it around, of making it better, even if that way is not clear.

I felt as if this novel was semi autobiographical, Hardisty’s life experiences, his work mirrored in the places and the characters, the imagery and emotion all the more real and believable.

I loved the inclusion of  sustainability, of the ecology of the regions Warren visited, as if his need to protect them, to see into the future were his one redeeming feature, the reason we didn’t totally dislike him. In some ways I felt that it was his way of protecting the love and happiness that he shared with Helena in those places, clinging onto the last vestiges of a woman he adored before all was destroyed.

Turbulent Wake felt deeply personal, that Hardisty had poured his heart and soul into the words that he wrote. I am so pleased that he left the world of thrillers and crime to write Turbulent Wake,  to showcase his obvious talent in the world of contemporary fiction and I do hope this will not be his last.

I would like to thank Orenda Books for a copy of Turbulent Wake to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour

About the author

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Canadian Paul E Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an
engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners of out Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science AIMS). The first four novels in his Claymore Straker series, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, The Evolution of Fear, Reconciliation for
the Dead and Absolution all received great critical acclaim and The Abrupt Physics of Dying was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and was a Daily Telegraph Thriller of the Year. Paul is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.

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