The Laughing Clowns – William McInnes

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Peter Kennedy is a very large man who is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something is not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat.

Peter is successful at what he does, even though he is not sure what that is anymore. When Titan Development contracts him to go to Queensland to assess a prime piece of real estate on the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to the home where he grew up; to his parents, who are members of the Show society, his twin sister Pearl, a bingo caller and foster mother, and his brother Gary, the TV weatherman.

Over these few days, he will come to realize that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose.

All he has to do is make his mind up, and listen to the advice that he is given by, of all people, the King of Hot Dogs.

But will he?

Initially, this book felt a little slow. But that’s how it was meant to be written! It was set only over 2 or 3 days, and it felt like I was reading it in real time. I really enjoyed it! I felt like I was there, and this book invoked a lot of feelings. It makes you really think about relationships that you have, and the people that you love.

4/5

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The Dry – Jane Harper

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“Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…”

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…

This novel was a great debut! It was really interesting, and I was always kept guessing. None of the characters seemed to be who they appeared. The way it was written, it really kept me in suspense, and the ending came as a surprise to me. I really hope Jane Harper writes more books!

5/5

How I met my son – Yolanda Bogert

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Yolanda Bogert, a mum from regional Queensland, made worldwide news when she placed a notice in a Brisbane newspaper in December 2014. It read: ‘A Retraction. In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son – Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.’

This is the story of Yolanda and her son Kai. As a teenage mum, Yolanda formed a close-knit bond with her child. Now, together, Yolanda and Kai deal with issues of acceptance, religion and tradition in a heart-warming story of love in transition.

This book was quite well written! It was an interesting perspective into what a parent may experience when their child is transgender. It was really well-written, and I found it quite informative, as well as entertaining.

5/5