Australian Women Writers Challenge

Hello again everybody!

As you may or may not know, I initially started this blog for the Aussie Authors Challenge earlier in the year. I have recently come across the Australian Women Writers Challenge, which is a challenge to read Australian Women Authors.

I am not including the authors or books that I have already reviewed, as it will give me the opportunity to discover even more authors!!

If you’d like to take part in the challenge, sign up at:

http://australianwomenwriters.com/sign-up/

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The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

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THE ROSIE PROJECT WAS COMPLETE BUT I WAS UNPREPARED FOR THE ROSIE EFFECT.

GREETINGS. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world’s most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

Then Rosie told me we had ‘something to celebrate’, and I was faced with a challenge even greater than finding a partner.

I have attempted to follow traditional protocols and have sourced advice from all six of my friends, plus a therapist and the internet.

The result has been a web of deceit. I am now in danger of prosecution, deportation and professional disgrace.

And of losing Rosie forever.

Wow, there was a lot going on in this novel! After reading The Rosie Project, I just had to get my hands on the sequel. Same old Don! He is very surprised when he finds out that Rosie is pregnant – so much so that he has a meltdown! As the pregnancy goes on, we read about Don and Rosie’s troubles, including Don’s trouble with the law. It was a great read!

5/5

Tell the truth – Katherine Howell

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Paramedic Stacey Durham has an idyllic life; her dream job, a beautiful house, and a devoted husband. Until her car is found abandoned and covered in her blood.

Detective Ella Marconi knows information is key in the first twenty-four hours, questioning the frantic husband James, jealous sister Marie, and Rowan, the colleague who keeps turning up in all the wrong places.

Just as Ella starts to piece together the clues, a shocking message arrives for James: You won’t see her again if you don’t tell the truth.

As she sifts through the lies, Ella’s relationship with Dr Callum McLennan is under siege, and she doesn’t know if it can survive the over enthusiasm of her family, or the blind hatred of his mother.

With the investigation hitting dead ends and new threats being made, Ella must uncover the truths buried beneath the perfect façade before the case goes from missing person to murder.

I started this book during the last quarter, but didn’t finish it then. It took a bit for me to get into it, but then I was hooked! I was always kept guessing, although it was a bit predictable. It might be because I’ve read a lot of crime fiction! It was great to read an Aussie crime fiction novel though.

4/5