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Julie V. Purdey

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Engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-2020

I found this story quite disturbing in a way in that it describes a dystopia in our not too distant future. However the feeling and deep sympathy the story evokes for Tasmania and Tasmanians is very real. The beauty of place and home juxaposed with the complexity of family and a bigger world view keeps you reading even through some of the more overly descriptive passages. Highly recommend.

Engrossing read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2020

The work the author put into this book really honours her father and shines a light on yet another aspect of WW11, one that was little known to me. The narration was also excellent and well paced, so that what could be difficult lists and dates to follow, come alive as relating to the real people they relate to.

Absorbing

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-2019

As a fan of the Handmaid's Tale I found this futuristic concept of Gilliad's downfall incredibly imaginative. It was a great story and as with many of Margaret Atwood's works you are rewarded if you stick with it. The performances were all excellent with a special mention to the wonderful Ann Dowd.

Excellent depiction of women's roles during war.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-2019

I loved this book. It took me right into the heart of a family dealing with the results of war over two decades. It showed the strengths and resilience of women and their ability to make changes as they found their own way to be part of the war effort.

Soul destroying story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2019

I enjoyed the narrative but found the story long-winded and somewhat lacking in any joy. I struggled to emphasis with any of the characters.

An Education

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-2018

No matter how many books you read of wartime experiences it is shocking. This book is so graphic in its descriptions that you really wonder how people survived at all. The characters are so finely drawn even the children you become invested in them. Highly recommend

Totally enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-2018

I loved this book! The incredible description of the north Queensland outback which so few get to experience is brought vividly to life in all it's beauty cruelty and loneliness. The story builds as the main character takes us through the narrative to the final chapter. Jane Harper just gets better and better.

Engrossing thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-09-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable read with satisfying plot twists to keep you engrossed throughout. The narrator is to be congratulated for adding to the tension of the story. Highly recommend.

Beautiful Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2018

Loved this story of the experience of young people caught up in a war that was not of their making. The writing was so lyrical it kept me enthralled from beginning to end.

Fabulous

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-2018

Marian Keyes said in an interview that she is very proud of this book and she has every right to be. It is a serious while light-hearted take on a modern marriage and all the human foibles that go into making it work.