Hinterland by L. M. Brown #BookReview #3.5*

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 while pregnant. Tension start to rise with the return of Ina, Nicholas’ childhood best friend, to the house next door. Kathleen doesn’t trust her or Nicholas.

Already unstable, Kathleen’s suspicions culminate in a day of violence, and Kathleen’s disappearance. Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s desertion. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina is like a mother to her, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell Kate or Ina 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.

A Decent Read, Gently Told!

A tale of what happens when families keep secrets, gently told.

Nicholas Giovanni adores his five year old daughter, Kate. She lights up his life each day and he takes great care in looking after her whilst her mother is unable to. His partner, Kathleen, has a history of mental health issues which have caused her to be incarcerated in psychiatric units more than once. When a neighbour – and old girlfriend of Nicholas’s returns to the area, Kathleen is unsettled, trusting neither of them. Disturbed again, Kathleen takes a violent turn which results in her disappearing from Kate’s life. With no-one explaining events to her, Kate changes from the loving girl she was into a teenager full of unanswered questions.

This is a decent basic story but, for me, it lacked suspense. I would have liked to writing to show the emotional ups and downs that all characters went through, but it was all very much on a – quiet – even keel. There is a good range of characters but I felt that their personalities didn’t get the chance to shine through. With a few minor edits this could be a really exciting read but, as it stands, I’m happy to settle on 3.5*.

My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: family drama

Author Bio

L.M Brown is the author of the novel Debris and collections Were We Awake and Treading the Uneven Road. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart prize and have been published in over a dozen literary magazines, such as The Chiron Review, Eclectica, Litro, Fiction Southeast, Toasted Cheese and more. She grew up in Ireland, but now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters.

Social Media

Twitter: @BrownLornab

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/17950337.L_M_Brown

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