My attention to this book resulted from visiting the author’s blog. I followed up with a visit to Amazon to take advantage of the handy ‘look inside this book’ function. Arafura – Blood, the Wet and Tears, written by Susan Lattwein, hooked me from the start.
Since I couldn’t leave this first Arafura novel unread, I eventually purchased myself a version, after I worked out how to get the Kindle for PC to work with the Linux on my laptop. I couldn’t think of anything worse than trying to read a novel on the PC itself, though I have no trouble spending all day reading blogs!
This is the product description on Amazon …
Nobody said the build-up would be easy.
Sensible schoolteacher Kat is planning to marry when her long-term fiancé finds the time.
When the mysterious and damaged Adam arrives in town, Kat is jolted well out of her comfort zone. Despite her loyal intentions, a dead body and enough pre-monsoonal weather to strangle a Kat, she must wrestle with an instant attraction that is emotionally risky and absolutely, definitely fraught.
Arafura will appeal to female and male readers who enjoy quirky, witty suspense with dark edges.
Well, that seems a fairly apt description. The ‘build-up’ is the building up of the weather in the top-end of Australia. Apparently, it sends people crazy. Add a dead body into the mix and things really heat up.
I do have to read this novel again, as some parts went over the top of my head. Perhaps the foreshadowing was a bit too subtle: I was confused. I feel some of this will make more sense in Book 2. I felt the opening scene lead me to expect a different type of story, and it was only when the book ended that I found out the next scene was actually a dream sequence. When Kat woke up, I thought it another day ( I’m not sure it is the author’s fault.) I’m still puzzling over the bikini top scene and wonder what the later scene in the petrol station was all about. I’m hoping the second reading will clear that up.
See, I couldn’t put it down and I read too fast. I devoured the 243 ‘real’ pages over two nights. I shouldn’t keep reading when I’m tired.
Good points. It’s a great story, I love the romance triangle and the unresolved mystery, too. The main characters were believable, and that’s the main thing.
I am happy with the ending – another benchmark – and I love it enough to buy Arafura 2: Unfinished Business.
I’m a dill. Pictured the second Arafura up top, instead of the first. [blush]