ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- With a whole lot of mystery and some grisly business, this quirky, brisk and very enjoyable novel also riffs on a lot of modern life along the way. At one point the mood even verges on horror. Yet all of these mysterious happenings are carried along over a comic undertone.
This comic aspect comes through with the characters being drawn large and in high relief and the rapid-fire, pithy banter which sets the pace. Donellan's style is very self-aware and knowing, mugging to the camera and sashaying confidently towards the reader.
The mystery even taunted me from the cover. What was that ill-defined black image on the cover? And why is this very modern story styled in this rustic 'olde worlde' faux-leatherbound look? (beautifully done by the way) All is revealed...
More importantly, it was a book I found myself ravenously seeking out in any free moment, eager to chase the mystery. It's been some time since I've felt the addiction of such a 'page-turner'. Craig Kirchner
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Freya is a fiesty, flame-headed nurse who has finished her studies and who has had a Florence Nightingale influenced dream from childhood of heading to East Timor to continue her work. But for now, she needs a break - a 'cakewalk' job.
After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose adult son of the eccentric Vincetti family, billionaire owners of the Halcyon Corporation. She very quickly discovers that the labyrinthine Vincetti mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray him to be. And there’s something very strange about the story that Elijah’s brother Jack is writing …
A tragicomic tale about love, delusion and corporate greed.