The book tells the story of the mother and the daughter in two timelines of 1994 and 2017. The initial part of book is about the mother Evelyn who backpacks around Australia till she reaches Konunurra in northern Australia. She soon meets a group of fun people and becomes fast friends with them Cam, Leslie, Joe, Kai till something forces her to leave Konunurra in the middle of the night. Libby follows her mother’s footsteps to find Joe as per her mother’s deathbed instruction. And the secrets unfold….
The book is written beautifully by the author, Hannah Ellis. Initially, it started as a one big party in both the timelines, then the author slowly and gradually pulled me in till I found myself fully hooked and invested into the story.
The last 20 percent of the book was well written. I read each line slowly as I didn’t want the book to finish, I knew I was going to miss this book. It was not the characters which hooked me but the author’s style of writing. She started with the frivolous and the writing got emotional as the book progressed, with hints of a deeper story till I reached the secret of that night when Evelyn left. And I couldn’t move, I had to finish the book.
Hannah has written both the main characters as strong women but with hints of vulnerability. They are fun, bold, lovable who like a good time and when they fall in love, they fall deeply. They are both cautious in their approach but strong in their action
There are a few niggles there is a lot of drinking in the book and I didn’t particularly like the pages and pages of party, drinks, and dancing. Nobody seemed very focused in their lives probably because they were all in their early 20s, still in the process of discovering life. Also I would liked the book more, if the author had developed the mother-daughter relationship a bit more. I knew there was love between them but I couldn’t feel the emotion at all times.
On the whole, Ms. Hannah Ellis has done a wonderful job with this story where she has captured intrigue and mystery layered within the free lifestyle and party atmosphere.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Karan & Co. Author Solution and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Hannah Ellis is originally from Sheffield, England and spent time living in America, Australia and Ireland before finally settling in Munich, Germany where she now lives with her husband and children. She self published her first novel ‘Friends Like These’ in 2015 and is now busy juggling two small children while trying to write more books!
In 1994, twenty-one-year-old Evelyn Taylor left England to backpack around Australia. When she stopped off in the dusty outback town of Kununurra, she never expected to fall in love with the place – and the people. But Joe Sullivan captured her heart, and when her fun-filled year in Australia came to an end, saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing she’d ever done.
In 2017, Evelyn’s daughter, Libby, embarks on her own Australian adventure. Grief-stricken following her mother’s death, she’s determined to find the father she never met. Little does she know that digging up the past will be more complicated than she ever imagined
Publication date : 3rd October 2017
Publisher : Karan & Co. Author Solutions
Language : English
Available on Amazon; free on Kindle Unlimited
A party read ending in a mystery