Book Review: Hinterland

I read another book by Lorna. M. Brown! This one was called Hinterland and it was definitely different from her others books.

Synopsis: Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, whose last involuntary admission to hospital was before Kate was born. When his childhood best friend, Ina, returns next door, tensions rise in the house. Already unstable, Kathleen suspicions of Ina and Nicholas grow until a day of violence ensues and Kathleen disappears.

Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s disappearance. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina helps to take care of Kate, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell the truth about Kathleen’s last day, until Kate runs away, and he realizes his silence has torn everyone apart. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late.

The other books I have read by Lorna have been anthologies and so they were collections of short stories. A lot of them tied together to form one big story. This was the first time that the novel was one complete book instead of it being split into a bunch of little stores that connected. It was the journey of a father trying to protect his daughter while struggling with his own demons.

I think the overall book was good as a whole but there definitely some parts that could have been cut out to make it a little shorter. I liked that it switched perspectives randomly to show how everyone was dealing with the different trauma’s that they have experienced over their lifetime.

The ending was…interesting. I still am unsure how I feel about it.

The one thing I really enjoy about Lorna’s books is that the characters feel such raw emotions and she does a great job of conveying the struggles and hardships here characters face. I think its hard to capture raw emotion in books and she just pulls it off.

Overall, I think the characters were very well done but the book lacked a bit in plot so I will give it a middle rating! I would still look forward to reading anything by this author though!

Book Rating: 3/5

You can buy this book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I was given an ebook copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.



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