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Book Review: In the Clearing by J P Pomare

In the Clearing

J P Pomare

Hachette

RRP: $34.99

I really do enjoy a novel set in Aussie. There’s something so ‘familiar’ that make it easier to read, easier to identify with. This novel was no different. In this latest offering from Pomare we are drawn into the lives of Freya and Amy.

Amy is a child who lives in ‘The Clearing’ under the influence of what can only be described as a cult.  Her narrative is chilling; showing that we are all susceptible to living a life out of the ordinary when our ‘ordinary’ is controlled by others. When a new girl joins the groups Amy’s ideas are challenged, this (as we know) will lead to unsettling events.

Freya is a woman scared by her past, who lives a life on high alert. Trying to pass as ‘normal’ to and care for her son is trying and a series of events in her town begin to force her to confront her past. Freya is brave, and tough – but we begin to see that she is not unmarked by her past. The disappearance of a young girl locally sends her onto the road to discover how far she has come, and how far she has yet to go.

This is a really quick and easy read the final twists of this tale will leave you stunned.

I enjoyed this book and demolished it within 24 hours – it’s a dark but enjoyable summertime read and I know it would ab a safe bet for most readers as a Christmas gift!

About the Author

J.P. Pomare is an award winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your DarlingsTakahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and longlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award.

He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife. In the Clearing is his second novel.

This book is able to be purchased from 31 December 2019

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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