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Siren - Rachel Matthews

Paperback Published: 1st August 2017
ISBN: 9780995359567
Number Of Pages: 288

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A brave new novel that sensitively explores one woman's experience of sexual violence and the silencing of those who feel compelled to speak out.

What happens when a young woman enters a city apartment early morning, with two footballers? Jordi Spence is sixteen years old and lives in outer Melbourne. By daybreak, her world has shifted. Max Carlisle, a troubled AFL star, can't stop what comes next. And Ruby, a single woman from the apartment block, is left with questions when she sees Jordi leave.

In this remarkable novel, Rachel Matthews captures the characters of Jordi and her family, the players, and the often loveable inhabitants of a big city with a deceptive lightness of touch that seduces the reader. Siren reveals the often unnoticed life of a city while simultaneously drawing us deep into a dark and troubling world. What happens has an unexpected effect on all those who are both directly and indirectly involved.

The result is a powerful and haunting novel about cultural stereotypes and expectations, love, loneliness, family and our struggle to connect. In so many ways, Matthews subtly sounds the siren on sexual violence and its prevalence in our culture. 


Thought provoking novel


There is definitely a thought provoking social message in this story that the author wants to convey; how one night in a young girls life can have a profound and lasting effect on her as well as those around her. It forces the reader to question, what is acceptable behavior and what isn't and where the blames lies? In some ways the story could be viewed as depressing and a sad indictment on society and I felt the ending inclined to leave the reader hanging in the air. Though in saying that it was well written and the author has a unique way of presenting subtle observations on human behavior that I found at times amusing. Though a novel, it also brings one to question how easy people in different socioeconomic levels are easily lost in the system. I highly recommend it.

Western Australia


An inspirational worthwhile read


An easy read with engaging characters and interesting real life storyline.

Qld, Australia



4.5 2


ISBN: 9780995359567
ISBN-10: 0995359563
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3

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