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June 7, 2016

Book Review

Image-2An Isolated Incident – Emily Maguire

Having just recently enjoyed the psychological thriller Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica, (set in Chicago) I was looking forward to settling down with this new psychological thriller, set in a small rural town in Australia.

The premise of the book grabs the reader immediately;

-Bella Michaels, 25 years old and a care assistant in a nursing home, is brutally murdered and left on a secluded road outside the small town of Strathdee,

-the town is naturally stunned, no more so than the victim’s devastated older sister Chris, a barmaid in the local pub,

-Chris plunges into deep despair and depression, is suspicious of every man who walks into the pub, and starts having visions of her dead sister,

-Added to that, the media descends on the town and the usual circus ensues.

I plunged myself into this read with enthusiasm and anticipation, and I was initially not disappointed. BUT as the book unravels, the focus leans more towards the two main characters -Chris the sister, and May the reporter, rather than the actual murder itself. I wanted to know more about the murder, but instead got viewpoint’s from Chris (real good character development, if a little unlikable) and May the reporter (also flawed).

There are themes of domestic violence, misogyny, the media treatment of murder victim’s especially young women, BUT then it became not so much a thriller as a drama.

The attack became secondary to the development of the characters – not a bad thing in itself, but this, to me, was a psychological drama.

I give it 3 1/2 out of 5. 🙂


June 6 Challenge

June 1-30 Challenge

Days 6 Six Sounds You Love or Hate

June 6, 1944. The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London.

Are you a fan of the song YMCA by The Village People? Or do you hate it?

I neither hate or love the song YMCA. In fact, it reminds me of the kids film Despicable Me, when the minions dress up as the YMCA pop band itself. Good vibes really.

*Videos courtesy of Youtube.

The six sounds I love :

  1. The telephone. This may sound strange, but my hubby phones me most mornings to see how my day is going. At the moment I have toothache, but dislike the dentist so am putting off going. The telephone reminds me that he cares.
  2. The patter of rain on my window. I live in sunny QLD where the temperatures are HOT most days. It is Winter now so it has cooled down, which is a relief. The rain reminds me of Wales.
  3. Oasis – Wonder wall. This song was a huge hit when I was pregnant with my first child, Liam, who’s now 19 years old.
  4. Robbie Williams – Feel. The Robster at his best.
  5. DNCE – Cake by the Ocean. My daughter thinks that I am not ‘with it’ enough. We have her radio channels on every morning, so I have become quite fond of this song. Its catchy, tuneful and easy to sing – good enough for me.
  6. My daughter’s laughter fills the house. She loves telling jokes especially on Road Trips.

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