Book Reviews

I want to share my love of books with you. Books take us to places that literally we have never been before. I focus primarily on books from Australian and New Zealand based authors. Happy reading!

Hi I’m Renee. I wear many hats including social media manager, copywriter, content writer and a qualified librarian. I am a happiest with a book and some snacks… hence this site!

Petrichor by Melanie Rees

Set in South Australia, this short story starts at a very bleak time for Clayton and his family. The drought has dug in deep on their family property and his older brother is gone. Clay is left feeling powerless and frustrated by his family’s reluctance to speak about emotional issues. 

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

This superbly written book centres around Esme a lonely teenage girl in a seaside town. Her mother has disappeared and is now presumed dead.

The Ruby Locket by Melissa Wray

Set in a dystopian future, the novel begins with Saxon and Manny finding a young girl (Kerina) in the wasteland at the edge of their village, presumed dead. The distance between towns is large and the terrain is unforgiving. To their complete surprise the young woman is alive and despite potential ramifications for hiding rambler,…

Borderlanders by Gillian Polack

These women are old schoolfriends, who are not as close as they once were. Each of these women are intelligent and talented in different ways. All of these characters have an artistic talent, which becomes an important element of the story.

Wimmera by Mark Brandi

***Trigger Warning… this book review discusses child sex abuse, predators and domestic violence*** Wimmera by Mark Brandi is a period novel, set in rural Victoria in the late eighties and later in the nineties. Brandi’s novel follows two protagonists Ben and Fab, beginning year 6 of primary school. They are best friends, united against the…

Silver by Chris Hammer

  In Hammer’s second novel we are once again following Martin Scarsdale, in the wake of his time in the Riverina. He has written a book and is joining his partner from Riversend, Mandalay. As soon as the protagonist arrives in seaside town Port Silver where his partner and her son have been living, it…

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Review by PMI Volunteer Renee Rollestone   Scrublands follows Martin Scarsend, a reporter who is visiting a rural town. His purpose is to write an …Book Review: Scrublands by Chris Hammer

The Postmistress by Alison Stuart.

Stuart’s novel is set in Victoria, Australia and I will freely admit that this setting, had a deciding factor in selecting this novel to review. It is set in the late half of the nineteenth century where many issues were on the world stage. Gold was still firmly on everyone’s mind in Victoria, the Civil…

The Lost Man by Jane Harper Book Review

Cameron Bright has been found dead in the outback, far away from everyone and everything that could have kept him alive. His brothers are left to pick up the pieces and find that they don’t add up.

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Being deaf can be pretty raw deal for someone wanting to live a full and happy life. Describing deafness in illustrated form requires an understanding of how it feels to be deaf in the first place. Cece Bell describes the journey very cleverly in her illustrated world using the graphic novel genre to her advantage…

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