There’s nothing quite like discovering the work of a new author to keep the ‘reading spark’ alive. Of course, it often spells trouble for the TBR, but I do enjoy ‘meeting’ new-to-me authors. So I’m happy and proud to be a part of the New (to Me, Anyway) Authors meme, hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.
For this quarter, my choice is Australian writer Honey Brown (Admittedly, I’m cheating just a bit here, because I actually ‘met’ her before April). Originally from Tasmania, she now lives in Victoria with her husband and two children. Brown’s been writing for a number of years, but it’s not always easy to get Australian books here in the US. I’ve got a connection, though, who was kind enough to introduce me to Brown’s work.
Thus far, Brown has written standalones (Red Queen, The Good Daughter, After the Darkness, Dark Horse, and Through the Cracks) which makes it all the easier to catch up on her work as one can. The standalone through which I ‘met’ her is Through the Cracks. In that novel, we are introduced to fourteen-year-old Adam Vander, who has finally summoned up the physical and mental resources to leave his abusive father, Joe. One of the major problems Adam faces is that he’s been kept hidden away – very much under lock and key. So he has little knowledge of the outside world and no networks of relationships.
Adam finds an ally in Billy Benson, a young man who comes to the house just as Adam is ready to flee. The two strike up a friendship and spend the next week together. As they do, they learn more about each other, and each comes up against some uncomfortable truths from the past. Each also comes up against real danger in the present. It turns out that they are both connected to the ten-year-old disappearance of Nathan Fisher, who was with his parents at Market Day when he went missing. As we learn the truth about Adam’s and Billy’s stories, and about what happened to Nathan Fisher, we see the impact of past trauma on present life.
Want to find out more about Through the Cracks? It’s right here.
*NOTE: The title of this post is the title of a song by Jet.