Broken ShoreJoan thought the group would be put off by all the cussing and swear words in this book.  And then there’s the child abuse part of the story, though that doesn’t really kick in until the last third of the book.

But this group is not made up of a bunch of delicate flowers.  Language, schmanguage.  They didn’t care.  They were more concerned with the Australian slang that was and wasn’t covered in the section at the back of the book.

Joan found the whole thing fascinating because she had lived in Australia as a kid and the language felt familiar.  She also didn’t find the glossary at the end of the book until she was done reading.

Apart from the horrible language, a damaged main character, and yet another police department with ethics issues, the group generally enjoyed this.  We liked the damaged main character – he wasn’t annoying in his damage. The mystery was interesting. Who killed the guy? In the end, I’m glad he’s dead, but at the beginning, I cared for the nice old man.

We found the locale a little hard to visualize.  The whole setting seemed to be plonked down in the middle of nowhere.  And it all felt unfamiliar and not what one would expect Australia to be like.

The terse writing style was new and a little difficult to get used to, but we generally liked how it allowed the reader to just see the important stuff. No extraneous emotion and/or detail. A very interesting style.

Yes, there were some of us that didn’t like the book at all, but that happens with the all authors.

Favorite characters – Cashin, the dogs, Rebb the swaggie, Helen, Bern, the cousin. I thought he was hilarious.

Least favorite characters – Hopgood, Jamie was just creepy.

Joan referenced an interesting list of discussion question found here.


3 stars