Guest reviewer: Cass Moriarty


Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed and Parting Words, is back with more fantastic reviews for us.

Darkness for Light by Emma Viskic

Darkness for Light (Echo Publishing 2019) is the latest in the Caleb Zelic series by crime writer Emma Viskic. A tense, taut plot is driven by a complex narrative and a rising body count; Viskic’s nuanced development of the characters ensures readers a satisfying and engaging journey. Diversity (Caleb is profoundly deaf; his wife is Indigenous), is again the norm in this book, and we are given greater insight into the main characters’ lives and motivations.

Read the full review here.

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

There Was Still Love (Hachette 2019) by Favel Parrett is a literary exploration of family, memory and culture set in Prague and Melbourne over the decades between 1921 and 1981; the story of two sisters separated, and their grandchildren living on opposite sides of the world. It is the story of love prevailing, despite everything. Beautifully crafted and poetic.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House (Bloomsbury 2019), the latest novel by the extraordinary writer Ann Patchett, is a tale of an ostentatious house, a dysfunctional family, an absent mother, sibling love, and ultimately the understanding, empathy and forgiveness that comes with growing older. If you love complex stories about complicated family dynamics and the many ways in which we fail each other, as well as how we redeem ourselves, The Dutch House will be a joy.

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In the Clearing by JP Pomare

In the Clearing (Hachette 2020) is the second psychological crime thriller by author J.P. Pomare. With two narrators: a young girl in a confined community, and a woman with her young son trying to forget her past, either of whom might be unreliable narrators (or not), this book has so many twists and unsettling reveals that it will keep surprising you until the very last pages.

Read the full review here. 

Delve into the dark underbelly of the crime genre with JP Pomare as he exposes the narrative techniques and craft behind crime writing at our Crafting Words workshop on the 2nd February 2020. Register here.

Join JP Pomare for the launch of In the Clearing. Register here.