The Brothers Wolfe by Australian author Steve Hawke, is a riveting story about dark family secrets and the interweaving of relationships.
Set mainly in Perth, WA in the 1980s, the storyline features many characters. There are shifting timelines, and multiple perspectives and places. At first, I thought this would get confusing, but each chapter was labelled with the date and location so readers can understand where and when they are.
Elliot Wolfe is a young man striving for achievement. He is motivated to take advantage of opportunities and indeed, to create opportunities to meet his own needs. He’s exhilarated with making deals that fill his pockets and being surrounded by the ruling class.
Athol Wolfe is twelve years younger than his brother Elliot and still trying to find his life purpose.
Not wanting to join the family business, a men’s haberdashery started by his grandfather or follow in his brother’s footsteps, he wants to forge a path of his own.
The author has created believable characters with human flaws that drive the plot in a slow but steady burn, focusing on family relations and dysfunction. It is his ability to have me going back and forth on how I felt about the brothers that made me enjoy the book; it made everything more real and gritty.
As the storyline progresses, readers will gain more wisdom and insight contributing to the supporting character’s path in life. I loved Mitzi, Elliot’s French girlfriend and had a picture of what she looked like in my head, she has plenty of sass with big dreams for her future.
I enjoyed the many aspects of The Brothers Wolfe. The story is beautifully written, insightful, and loaded with twists and turns that grab the reader’s attention. Hawkes’ writing is stellar, his narrative voice compelling, and filled with emotional depth. The Western Australian business trade including real-life characters and places are weaved nicely into the storyline.
I feel this is ultimately a story about what it means to grow up in search of one’s identity but also freedom and the ability to choose one’s direction regardless of the circumstances. And, to also be aware of your choices as eventually, they will catch up with you.
The cover is clever. I love the simplicity of the artwork, beautifully paired with hand lettering; it has such a sweeping feel that matches the novel’s epic tale.
I recommend it for those who like Australian stories with historical elements.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading The Brothers Wolfe by Steve Hawke. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.