Good Reading : February 2016
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING FEBRUARY 2016 44 Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mould. She towers over most men, has no interest in marr iage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters from the city to the country 15 years before. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute over damages tur ns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their far m. The sher iff enlists her help, and it turns out that Constance has a knack for outwitting (and disar ming) the criminal element, which might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life. To enter, tell us what prompted Constance to moved to the country. Write your answer on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Girl Waits With Gun Competition’, Good Reading, 14/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW 2041 or enter on our website at goodreadingmagazine.com.au. Win one of 5 copies of Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart valued at $32.99 each. CRIME FICTION WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG Coffin Road Peter May Coffin Road loops three lives together in a pulsating, thrilling story. A man wakes – wet, freezing cold and wear ing a life jacket – on the shore of the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He can’t remember who he is or how he got there. As he staggers bedraggled off the beach, everything around him looks familiar but he doesn’t know why. He knows the houses, including the one he thinks is his, and recognises the black labrador that races past him as he opens the door. But he doesn’t even know his own name. Clues to his life are found around the house, one of which is a map that hints that answers may be found on a path – on the island – named the Coffin Road. DS George Gunn doesn’t like being in a boat in wild weather, but someone has been found murdered on an island 20 miles off the Isle of Harris, so he has to grin and bear it.The discovery was made by day tourists, who also saw a man leaving the island by boat, obviously in a hurry. Karen Fleming lives in Edinburgh. She is a teenager who’s struggling to come to ter ms with her father’s suicide. Her mother now has a new boyfriend and Karen is not coping with the huge changes in her life and the fact that her father has left her. Peter May’s wr iting gives you great sense of place and easily allows you to convert the story into images in your mind. He also builds the tension effectively. But I did stumble over the plausibility of the teenager, Karen, doing some of the things she does. So I had to suspend a sense of disbelief to a greater extent than is usually required. Coffin Road had me in right from the get-go. I continually found myself eager to hit the pillow each night to keep reading. The few niggles didn’t put me off as I ripped through the rest of the book, wanting to get the answers I desperately needed to know. ★★★★ Quercus $29.99 Reviewed by Rowena Morcom Coffin Road Peter May Cpulsating, thrilling story. freezing cold and wearing a life jacket – on the shore of the Hebr idean Isle of Harris. He can’t remember who he is or how Win a novel by a New York Times bestseller based on the true story of one of the US’s first female deputy sheriffs.
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