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The Wave at Hanging Rock: A psychological thriller with soul... Kindle Edition
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The main characters are believable and well written, I was able to imagine them easily.
Once I stated reading this book I could not put it down. I found the surfing references a little tedious but it is all relevant and I didn’t feel I lost anything by not knowing anything about it. I was so engrossed in the story itself I did not see what was coming……not at all. The only question I was asking myself was…….How are the two stories going to cross over. It is obvious it is going to be something to do with surfing, but the how and why??? Sooooo good!! I loved the twists and turns of almost all of the characters. I didn’t feel overloaded with information, It all just kept getting better and better.
Those are the great parts to this book, but what spoiled it for me was the last few chapters and I feel I am being unreasonable to mark this story down just because I am maybe taking everything too seriously!! I know that not everything should have to be explained and you should be left with something to think about BUT please…………What was the ending about? Am I missing something? I actually re-read the ending TWICE just to make sure…… At the end of my kindle there was an attachment to the authors reasoning……….it doesn’t work grrrrrrrr!!!
There are some inconsistencies and I can’t say because I don’t want to spoil anything. This book was a book club book and I can’t wait to discuss this in full and maybe get some clarity. I think I read somewhere that someone thought this would be good for a movie. A bit of “artistic licence” Still keep the same ending but make a few things clearer……. Lots of great characters, the beauty of Wales and Cornwall, great and bad weather, some atmospheric music………. I would pay to see it!
Don’t be put off with the negative responses of the ending (including mine) this is an excellent read from a new author, I would still recommend it and I am going to read his next book.
The sport in question is surfing, and this book vividly conveys the urge that drives hard-core enthusiasts to search endlessly for the perfect wave. But don’t worry; you don’t have to be an enthusiast to appreciate this aspect. Gregg Dunnett tells you all you need to know, and makes it seem nicely accessible. He also conveys a strong sense of place, especially the coastline of west Wales.
We have two alternating stories here. Jesse, an emigré Australian, recounts the trials and tribulations of his childhood shift to west Wales after his father is killed in a bizarre accident, and describes the two surfing friends he finally makes – especially the charismatic but cold-hearted John. His first-person account seems to be told long after the event, yet curiously he narrates it with something of a teenager’s perspective – an interesting narrative trick by Dunnett.
The other story, apparently more recent, is told in the third person. Natalie’s husband Jim, another surfer, has disappeared, and we follow her attempts to come to terms with what has happened, and later to understand it. Eventually the two stories converge, and we realise that the focal point of it all is a local west Wales landmark that the teenagers have dubbed ‘Hanging Rock’.
The two stories unfold quite slowly, and the build-up of John’s increasingly manipulative behaviour is subtle, but the interest level never lapses. Whether you’ll regard the unexpected conclusion as an inevitable outcome or a bit of a trick is down to you. It certainly seems to have helped to get the book talked about, and will make it linger long after you’ve finished reading it. But with this quality of writing, it probably would have anyway.
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Found it tedious and ended up skipping to the end, to be dissapointed again.
Not for me.