The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
This book was so rich and troubling that it hurt to turn the pages sometimes. The setting is so well drawn you can feel the heat and wet and oppression of the jungle. The characters are real with their flaws and quirks. Brilliant. 5/5.
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
This book is written in such a unique way, with compelling narrative from an unusual perspective and poetry woven throughout. It’s captivating and profound. 4/5.
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
Set in the 1980s in the early days of FBI criminal profiling, this was an easy read with a fast-paced plot. Think Mindhunter but with teens. An interesting set of characters but I didn’t engage with the two leads as deeply as I usually do with Ellie Marney’s writing. I loved her Word series! 2.5/5.
Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein
This was a taut, well-paced psychological thriller with a heart-pounding plot and wonderful characters. I couldn’t put it down. 4/5.
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton
I wanted to love this as deeply as I loved Boy Swallows Universe, but I couldn’t engage with the magical elements. Molly and Greta were fantastic characters but I found the almost unending violence difficult to navigate. The setting was perfectly drawn. 2/5.
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
An eye-opening read packed with references and historical insights. This was a revealing and sometimes difficult to bear read. 3.5/5.
The Survivors by Jane Harper
There were so many characters in this book that it was sometimes hard to keep up. The story itself was fine but I found it lacking the depth of her previous books, especially The Dry. The setting should have made the novel broody and rugged but I found it a little light and almost unbelievable. 2/5.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver