Author: Fleur McDonald
Fleur McDonald is a talented West Australian author who writes suspenseful page-turners, the ones I’ve read have been set in South Australia which always makes me take a minute to get my bearings. I think I expect them to be WA based because Fleur is and that is totally a me thing, I should know better than to make assumptions like that when I read.
I loved the first book I read by McDonald and always planned to read all of her other books, well she’s quite prolific and my pile is gigantic so I seem to have missed all of the ones in between. Sapphire Falls has certainly cemented my desire to catch-up on the back list though hasn’t helped with where I’ll find the time.
Sapphire Falls is a lot of things but I think the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s a tale of resilience and finding the strength to carry on when it all gets the better of you.
Fiona Forrest is devastated when her beloved husband commits suicide, leaving her a widow and alone to hold onto their dreams for the farm. Charlie lost a mate in a tragic accidental shooting and it is something he obviously couldn’t come back from. Fiona decides that she has to keep the farm going, for Charlie’s memory as much as anything else, she knows it isn’t going to be easy but it is made even more difficult by the impossible to squash rumours that she’s selling up.
Detective Dave Burrows was on holidays when Eddie and Charlie died but he’s asked to take another look at the files a couple of months later because they need to be signed off. Dave discovers that there are anomalies in the investigation reports and decides to take a closer look. The closer he looks, the more things seems slightly off until Dave is convinced there is something more sinister at play here than the tragic accident the shooting was deemed.
Fiona finds herself facing a run of disaster on the farm and with one thing after another going wrong many a person would have given up and moved on. As much as these disaster shake Fiona she is determined to carry on.
Alongside the mysterious farm disasters and the anomalies with the investigation we have a run of assaults in Adelaide. Now it doesn’t take much of a stretch to decide that the disasters on the farm and the deaths of Eddie and Charlie might be related but assaults in Adelaide, how does that tie into the story? These are questions that will keep you guessing right up to the very end.
Fleur McDonald writes an engrossing tale with suspense that is hard to pick and unexpected twists. More than that she writes strong and capable leading ladies who face adversity and stand strong, they exercise their independence and make it through everything that life throws at them. They are surrounded by community that are willing to help them out and they know when to ask for help but they won’t take any they don’t feel they need.
Sapphire Falls had me reading long after I should have closed the book and it took me through a roller coaster of emotions. I couldn’t help but feel for Fiona and all that she had to go through yet she still found the time to be concerned for her friends, both new and old. Her determination to keep the farm just grew stronger the more the rumours refused to be quashed.
Yet again Fleur McDonald has written a page-turner that keeps you thinking about what could be going on while you are stuck in the real world wishing you were reading her book.
Sapphire Falls is book #53 for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2016.
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