The blurb on the front of this book reads; "They [Helene's Books] have it all". And have it all indeed, did this book. It is told from a third person perspective and shifts around to follow the main characters; including Conor, a man undetermined whether to hide or fight his past, Kristy, a local doctor trying to rebuild hers, as well as Freya, a woman suffering terrible abuse at the hands of her husband and his family.
Sound like a tale headed for mayhem? Well just add in Northern Queensland's rugged outback and pristine coastline, as well as a cyclone, and baby you're in for the ride of your life.
This book was a literal storm from beginning to end. It started soft and slow, with only faint whispers of what was to come. Then the tension and humidity built, and you could feel what was coming in the air. Alas, soon the wind was whipping and the rain falling, as you could see the storm and all it's glory right at your doorstep. And then there it was, the cyclone whirling around you, rustling your hair and feathers. Everything happening at once. A blur of darkness and action. The eye passed, but the drama didn't subside. The final blast of power and effect left destruction, debris and devastation in its wake. And like the storm, their was a long clean up ahead of everyone.
Did I paint a good enough picture for you? This book has a pace like no other, and the way it paralleled the literal and metaphorical storm was something unique and just down right amazing. I will be passing this book onto my mum, and then my neighbour, and then maybe the other neighbour. It is a book to be shared and loved.
Genre: Adult Fiction
Acquired from: Penguin Publishing
Thoughts and things I loved (as told from my little brown book)
• Both so perfect before one mistake destroys their lives.
• He'd give her space to breathe; he'd stepped back, but not away" -pg 336
• The build up to the storm both literally and metaphorically is great.
• "History belongs to the victor" -pg 339
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are entirely my own*