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‘Who is this please?’
‘Jessica. Jessica Weir.’
‘I’m sorry, miss, but this was the last number—’
‘Matthew’s on his way home. From work. He’s late. He should be home soon.’
And only the ocean breathing into the silence as if her own chest were rising and falling without fail. As if his heart were still beating. As if nothing in the world had changed.
‘We’ve found a car, miss, but there’s no sign of a driver.’
When Jessica’s partner disappears into the dark Tasmanian forest, there is of course the mystery of what happened to him—the deserted car, the enigmatic final image recorded on his phone. There is the strange circle of local women, widows of disappeared men, with their edgy fellowship and unhinged theories. And the forest itself: looming hugely over this tiny settlement on the remote tip of the island.
But for Jessica there is also the tight community in which she is still a stranger and Matthew was not. What secrets do they know about her own life, that she doesn’t. And why do they believe things that should not—cannot—be true. For her own sanity, Jessica needs to know two things. Who was Matthew? And who—or what—has he become?
About the Author
Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir—Affection—and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television.
I am a voracious reader, and I buy something sometimes that is different to my usual.
Really intriguing layered mystery set in Tasmania
Really interesting genre smash of a book
An interesting read...
Actually, I would have liked to give this one 3.5 stars - it's better than a three. This one was perhaps a little different to what I was expecting from the cover and blurb. Nonetheless, it kept me challenged and guessing. The ending was in some senses too neat, but not what I was expecting either. Knowing the area from my childhood, I was fascinated that the forest effectively became a character in the book; so did the caves to a less threatening degree. Overall, a good read with fantasy mingled with day to day reality.
"She felt the calm of the cave as soon as she stepped through the unmarked entrance. The air felt different in here. Colder, damper. Still. There was a silence as if she was holding a seashell up to each ear, a silence filled with the pulse of heart, the whoosh of blood.
She waited till her eyes adjusted. Closed them, counted to ten, lifted her chin and opened her eyes to the universe unfurled above. Her tiny, miraculous larval galaxy...
The first cave was the largest. There was one of the biggest colonies of glow-worms in the world clustered here, dangling their sticky threads from the rocks above. She waited till the silence dissolved and the sounds of the world returned to her, the constant trickle of the creek, the drip of moisture. Her heart quietened."
Wintering is the fifth novel by prize-winning Australian bookseller, poet and author, Krissy Kneen. After eight years in the far south of Tasmania, thirty-year-old Jessica Weir has finally completed her PhD research. When not tucked away in her cave gathering data on her glow worms, or guiding tours of the caves, or writing articles for Science Weekly, she's with Matthew Masterton in their little shack at Southport.
Matthew cooks, makes home brew, smokes salmon, and is her contact with the town. But one night, Matthew is late home from work. Jessica wakes in the early hours, certain there's a wild animal in the house, then answers a phone call from the Police who have found his mobile in his abandoned vehicle. Of Matthew, there is no sign.
A clip on Matthew's phone shows an encounter with a creature that could be animal or human. Because of Matthew, Jessica has had minimal contact with the local community, but now a group of rather quirky local women count her among their number, all having one thing in common: their husbands were taken by the elusive Tasmanian tiger.
As Jessica progresses through worry, confusion, loneliness and grief, she catches snippets about Matthew that have her wondering if she real
`At once a supernatural thriller and a sharp meditation on the legacy abusive men leave behind.' * Readings * `Kneen's writing, by turns playful and elegant, is never less than stimulating, in the literal and figurative senses of the word.' * Stella Prize 2017 Judges' Report * `One of Australia's hidden literary gems. With each new book, I find myself hoping that readers will finally discover her quirky, sexy and incredibly beautiful writing.' * Books+Publishing * `Endlessly curious and inventive, provocative and inspiring.' * Sydney Morning Herald on An Uncertain Grace * `Highly unusual, very ambitious...but I think Krissy Kneen achieves it.' * Radio New Zealand on An Uncertain Grace * `This book is a surprise, [with] drama and twists that leave you exhilarated...Kneen has jumped, unafraid, into many shades of rough territory.' * Courier Mail * `Thought-provoking...satisfying and compelling.' * Herald Sun * `What Kneen manages to do, as does Atwood, or even Murakami, is make her narrative worlds, wherever they lead, seamless and seductive. Both playful and structurally sound, Wintering remains tense and taut throughout, with a strong sense of place, cool engagement and the ghostly traces of environmental and personal degradation.' * Saturday Paper * `A compressed and fiercely located thriller...a magnetic and oddly compulsive read.' * Overland * `[A] taut new novel...Wintering uses [a] closed community to examine some disturbing aspects of Australian culture: parochialism, machismo, an unwillingness to face up to the past...Kneen also finds room for strength and kindness in this sleek and gripping novel.' * Australian *
ISBN: 9781925603880 ISBN-10: 1925603881 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 3rd September 2018 Publisher: Text Publishing Co Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.37