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Kirsten McDougall

Autor(a) de She's a Killer

4+ Works 52 Membros 5 Críticas

Obras por Kirsten McDougall

She's a Killer (2021) 37 exemplares
Tess (2017) 10 exemplares
The Invisible Rider (2012) 4 exemplares

Associated Works

Headlands : new stories of anxiety (2019) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

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female

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This was a fun read.
It's a little hard to nail down the genre, but one reviewer suggested that it was like crossing Eleanor Oliphant with Killing Eve.
So, it's dark, but not really. Analytical, but with humour. I found a romp of a read and would recommend it to readers of widely divergent tastes.
½
 
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mbmackay | 2 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
 
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SChant | 2 outras críticas | Dec 19, 2023 |
I was a bit flummoxed when a weird and funny novel about a fairly awful slacker in near-future Wellington turned into a thriller about radicals assassinating climate refugees without really changing tone. Amusingly the protagonist works in the enrolment office at Victoria University, where I once worked myself, but not much overlap with my recollections. This was hyped as a possible Ockham winner, and I guess it's good, but the dramatic climax didn't really work for me.
½
 
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adzebill | 2 outras críticas | Jul 19, 2022 |
A psychological suspense novel with touches of paranormal, TESS is a beautifully balanced, chilling, claustrophobic and clever novel.

Set in small town New Zealand, at the turn of the millennium, TESS is, as the blurb puts it "a gothic love story about the ties that bind and tear a family apart." It's also a story of how rewarding an unlikely friendship can be, and about the power of connecting with the other. It's about reaching out to somebody for the sake of kindness, contact and being a human being in a world that sometimes seems committed to the other direction.

The writing in TESS is excellent, the flashbacks, the special powers / paranormal elements all flow into the rest of the story in a manner that never makes them seamless, and all the more believable because of that. The strength of TESS is not in overt messaging, but the nuance of depiction. There's violence and hate and plenty of threat here, but it's skilfully portrayed, never contrived, never manipulative. The threat is implied, the violence explored by consequence rather than actuality.

TESS is stark vivid, deep, contemplative, different and extremely rewarding reading.

https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/tess-kirsten-mcdougall
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austcrimefiction | Mar 19, 2019 |

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Obras
4
Also by
2
Membros
52
Popularidade
#307,430
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
5
ISBN
8
Línguas
1

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