The Lost Man is the new excellent standalone thriller by superstar author Jane Harper.
Nathan and Bub find their middle brother, Cameron, dead of dehydration in the middle of the Australian desert. What is puzzling is that Cameron walked away from a perfectly running car filled with food, water and a working radio to wander miles in search of a mythical stockman’s grave stone.
The police suspect suicide. But Cameron was the always smiling middle child. How could this have happened—especially to him? As older brother Nathan begins to investigate, family secrets emerge.
Overall, the Lost Man is a brilliant thriller with a surprising, at least to me, conclusion. It is highly recommended to all thriller readers. 5 stars!
Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers, New Books Tagged with: Australia, Feb 5 2019
Fun and quick chick-lit read set in Darwin Australia. The swing dancing background of Don’t Mean a Thing makes it perfect for fans of Dancing with the Stars!
Macie joins the Royal Australian Air Force after a bad break up with her verbally abusive ex-boyfriend. She finds not only a career but a swing dancing hobby and a sexy new boyfriend, Matt. However, Macie has questions. Is Matt still involved with his swing dancing partner for the past ten years, Nadiene? Why does Macie’s hot new co-worker, Jeremy, keep flirting with her when he knows she is involved with Matt?
Don’t Mean a Thing is firmly in the chick-lit genre. However, it adds a twist by making the heroine an aircraftwoman in Darwin Australia and providing extensive information about swing dancing. The use of Australian slang is fun for non-Australian readers. Thongs are sandals. Togs are clothes. Budgie smugglers are the favorite swimwear of Borat. As an aircraftwoman, Macie works supporting aircraft at military airports. She, and the reader, get to travel to several nearby countries including Malaysia.
I decided to read this genre as a palate cleanser after reading the extremely scary, Kill Creek (see my review at dianereviewsbooks.com/Kill-Creek). Yet, I really enjoyed it. Don’t Mean a Thing and its author, Renee Conoulty, are a fresh voice in the chick-lit genre. 4 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Kindred Ink Press, and Netgalley for a review copy.
Posted in Romance Tagged with: air force, Australia, swing dancing