Man, I really like Clarke's stuff. Not real flashy, but emotionally detailed.
Alison works as a lecturer teaching stained glass creation. To help her income Alison applies for a post at a local open prison where she hopes her skills can benefit those due for early release. Kitty, following a road accident, has suffered acute brain damage now requiring 24 hospital care. The connection between these young ladies soon becomes apparent and as the story unfolds we learn the secrets that bind them together both in the past and the present. On first introduction the reader has naturally great sympathy for Kitty, her almost vegetable state and inability to communicate, but Alison has also been affected by events from her childhood now manifesting in her need to self harm....."It doesn't hurt enough. Never does. For it's the cuts we hide inside that really do the damage."
This story for me is stepping out of my reading comfort zone and surprisingly enjoying a style of writing where the reader becomes a bystander as events unfold through the voices of Alison and Kitty. What is particularly poignant is the fact that Kitty cannot communicate by speech and her thoughts can only remain as thoughts not shared with the other players in the book but only with the (privileged) reader. This is a very powerful story telling tool as the more you read the more you can appreciate and understand how difficult life is for someone so incapacitated . The author effectively displays the structures and need that exists within the family unit and how, even in our darkest moments, that warm felling of love and tenderness can overcome the greatest adversity. Now please do not suffer under the illusion that this is a banal and trite story, I am a reader and reviewer more comfortable with crime and horror and yet I managed to read this 400 page thriller in a day.....it is good! Many thanks to the good people at netgalley for supplying me with a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review, and that is what I have written.
The Daughters of Maine is LIVE!!!
"With vivid scenes and likable characters, Thawer's series is a definite winner! Come for the adventure - and stay for the awesome witchery." ~ New York Times #1 Bestselling author, PC Cast
Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.
After being reunited in the present day, three sister witches are forced to separate once more in an effort to save their newly formed coven and themselves.
Foes from their past now threaten their future, and a trip that spans centuries is their only hope of survival. Chasing their enemy back through time seems like the right choice, but will walking in the footsteps of their previous lives provide the answers they seek?
Only time will tell.
A Witches of BlackBrook novel
I saw this on kindle first on amazon and though it was a bit outside of my normal genre I wanted to give it a try.
I honestly have to say the book was pretty decent but the reason I gave it a three and not at least a four is that I was confused at times on the time frames of things. It would go between the present and the past though it doesn't tell you it just starts a new chapter.
A family of four happy and normal until an accident happens, it changes everything. It shows that secrets are something that have a way of coming back to you. Though how will Ginger and Mimi handle the secret that will come from the death of Glory their mother? Though I can say I didn't agree with how Glory handled things at all.
I have to say when I got towards the end I can't believe I didn't see that coming.
As far as characters go they developed. We have Ginger who is dealing with her daughter trying to grow up and become her own person and Ginger having to come to terms with it. Ginger is a very worrisome person. Mimi we don't get much of her just bits and pieces and she is very in control of what goes on around her.
The family comes along from tragedy and it ends up bringing them closer than they probably expected it to. It is hard to write a lot in this review as I don't want to give anything away.
Overall it was a good read once I got to spotting when the story shifted timelines.