Hinterland by L. M. Brown #BookReview @BrownLornab

Cover: Hinterland
by L. M. Brown

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

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 before Kate was born. When his childhood best friend, Ina, returns next door, tensions rise in the house. Already unstable, Kathleen suspicions of Ina and Nicholas grow until a day of violence ensues and Kathleen disappears.

Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s disappearance. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina helps to take care of Kate, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell 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.

 

Genre(s): > Family Life Fiction
> Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 239 pages
Release date: 2020-10-13

 

Teaser


Ina came out of the house the moment Nicholas pulled up in the morning. A drizzle fell, and silver drops caught on her hair. The car door closed behind him and she stood with her arms crossed. He saw the anger in her eyes before she said, “Kathleen better not come near me again.” Nicholas felt as if she’d hit him in the stomach.

“I don’t care what you told her, or what the fuck is going on, but the next time she comes to my house, I’ll phone the cops.”

“What happened?” he asked.

She shook her head as though she hadn’t heard him and said, “I feel so bad for Kate.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Nicholas Giovanni and his daughter Kate.

With “Hinterland”, L. M. Brown has created a story with incredibly authentic characters. Each chapter takes you closer to the protagonists, their agonies, and their actions. L. M. Brown presents an intense and well-elaborated story which is intriguing, occasionally disturbing, and that offers food for thought at the same time. The protagonists are believable, complex; their behaviour might not always be reasonable – yet quite understandable in their motives. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder which different types of ‘doing the right thing’ exist. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow. The ending left me wondering if there might be a continuation someday; the book lost one star from me there.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction including mental illness, believable and torn characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳  (some mild and medium swearwords spread throughout)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough, even with mentions)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L. M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Hinterland”?  Or – if you did not yet read Hinterland” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Were We Awake by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Were We Awake
by L. M. Brown

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

In each story of this collection, events make the characters understand that their world is not as it seemed.

In Hidden, the discovery of an affair between her father and aunt is only the start of finding hidden secrets for Hazel.
What it Means to Be Empty-Handed is narrated by a fourteen–year-old daughter of an alcoholic. Her denial and elaborate imagination starts to disintegrate when she lies to the wrong person.
In Crashing, a middle-aged woman lives a life of servitude until she hits a teenage boy with her car.
A thirty-year-old murder takes its toll on the victim’s family in Walking A Country Road.
The stories are set in Boston and Ireland.

 

Genre(s): > Short Stories (Books)
> Single Authors Short Stories
> Literary Short Stories
Series: n.a.
File size: 236 pages
Release date: 2019-11-20

 

Teaser


Dermot was still in bed when she got back to the house. She dried the dog, and thought that she’d have to peel the whole bag of spuds because her son was a demon for potatoes. He liked the carrots too. He’d complain if he put a ladle into the saucepan and it didn’t come up full of vegetable and meat. He’d say he thought it was a stew and not soup.

Once, when Catherine had said that was exactly what it was before him he’d actually looked up the definition of stew and showed her that it was a dish of meat and vegetable cooked slowly in liquid.

“See,” he’d said, “Cooked in liquid, not swimming in it.”


My Opinion

This book offers you thirteen interwoven short stories.

With “Were We Awake”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents thirteen well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland or Boston, Massachusetts, at that time you will get a good idea about it; the stories may be gloomy yet they provide hope. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Were We Awake”?  Or – if you did not yet read Were We Awake” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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Treading the Uneven Road by L. M. Brown #RBRT #BookReview @lornakvaternikb

Cover: Treading the Uneven Road
by L. M. Brown

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Amazon)

The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later.

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked. The world inside and outside the village is changing. In every story the characters need to make a choice on how they might carry on.

 

Genre(s): Books
> Short Stories
> Literary Fiction
Series: n.a.
File size: 208 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-03-15 <<<

 

Teaser


“You must know,” she said. The words were more like an exhale. She hadn’t made a conscious decision to speak them. He seemed to understand. He was looking kindly at her when he shook his head. She thought it was a stupid thing for her to say. Of all people she knew that it was impossible to know everything about a person.

“If you need other references I can give you the number of a woman rom the area. Faith Wheeler, she runs the café in the village. She’s known me for years. You could call her but I’d prefer if no one knew where I was.”

The bag was on his knees and he seemed to hug it close to him.


My Opinion

This book offers you nine interwoven short stories.

With “Treading the Uneven Road”, L. M. Brown has created a collection of interwoven short stories with incredibly authentic characters. Each story kept me very close to the protagonists, taking me back to that time and region. L. M. Brown presents nine well-elaborated stories which are intriguing and offer food for thought at the same time; even if you do not know the Northwest of Ireland at that time you will get a good idea about it. The protagonists are believable, complemented by the aptly written stories. There are some insights into the human behaviour that will make you wonder. It is a pretty absorbing read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, and food for thought.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some mild swearwords spread sparsely)
Violence :mrgreen:  (harmless enough)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (several mentions)

 

About the author

L.M Brown grew up in Ireland but now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. She has a master’s in Creative Writing from Emerson College and is the author of the novel Debris. Her stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Treading the Uneven Road”?  Or – if you did not yet read Treading the Uneven Road” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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