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Angel Rock
by Darren Williams | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wombles of Caboolture, Queensland Australia on 3/23/2005
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by leany17): to be read


7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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This looks really good and my mum and both my sisters have read it and all say I have to read it! I may start a bookring later, I would like it back though! 


Journal Entry 2 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Saturday, May 14, 2005

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Taking this to meetup tomorrow to offer it as a bookring as I would like it back later. 


Journal Entry 3 by MadamMuck from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, May 16, 2005

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Picked up at meetup, will read soon and bring to another meeting. 


Journal Entry 4 by MadamMuck from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Two young boys go are dropped off in the wrong place and go missing, then only one comes home, this is only the start of the secrets that are hidden in Angel Rock.

This had me guessing right up to the end, the first night I started reading this I dreamt of the young girl and finding her, so I guess this did affect me more than I realised.

To be returned to Wombles
 


Journal Entry 5 by whitequeen from Ipswich, Queensland Australia on Saturday, May 21, 2005

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Wombles passed this on at the Convention Meeting today. Thanks, and I'll journal again when I've read it. 


Journal Entry 6 by jawin from Launceston, Tasmania Australia on Sunday, September 18, 2005

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Wombles was not at meet-up today - and we missed her. So I brought this book home with me to keep it safe for next month. I'll see if I can get it read before then. 


Journal Entry 7 by jawin from Launceston, Tasmania Australia on Monday, October 31, 2005

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I took this one away with me to France for a work trip - and it has returned home safely.

This is the second novel by Australian author, Darren Williams. "Swimming in Silk", Williams' impressive first novel, won the important Vogel Award.

Williams takes us into the hard, intimate, small-town life of Angel Rock, a town in the desolate outback, surrounded by dense undergrowth and unexplored wilderness. This is a town where money is scarce, old grudges lodge deep and secrets fester. It is a place where the kids still go barefoot to school and the main character, 13-year-old Tom, can still barter chores for his after-school ice block.

Williams relies on atmospheric prose and emerging characterizations to create a human story fraught with tension. Shifting points of view heighten suspense, but it is the adult characters with their hard shells and undercurrents of menace, fear, and uncertainty and the children with their promise and vulnerabilities, that drive the narrative.

Nothing in Angel Rock, either the fictional town or the book, is predictable. Good people have bad moments; bad people have good moments. Everything meshes into a cohesive tale that is, in essence, about family dynamics and their long-term effects both good and bad on children.

This book is exceptional on every level: characterisations, narrative structure, plotting. The characters in particular are so finely wrought that each one, no matter how minor, is very real. Especially appealing are young Tom who is at the heart of this book - a kind and sensitive boy with a great depth of feeling; and Gibson, the detective from Sydney - a man of many sorrows who is none the less capable of gentleness and sympathy. These two characters connect in some way with everyone else in this wonderfully well-told tale of terrible loss and of life in a small Australian town.

Darren Williams is a talented writer, with great insight into human behavior and an understanding of how the smallest kindness to an adult or a child can have a lifetime's impact, and how a misplaced grudge can grow until it obliterates the landscape.

A must-read which I shall pass on to cackleberry before it makes its way back to wombles.
 


Journal Entry 8 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Friday, November 11, 2005

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Received this book home after many days travelling by Cobb and Co Coach to the remote town of Caboolture, Thanks Cackles for sending it home. 


Journal Entry 9 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, June 18, 2006

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Picked up this book from Wombles at this month's meet-up of the Brisbane BookCrosser group, who is lending it to me. It comes with good recommendations, so I look forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 10 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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What a compelling and fascinating read. Even though it was 300+ pages, it was a fairly quick read due to the easy and interesting style of the author, and story which kept me enthralled right to the end. The story was very Australian in its descriptiveness and setting and it didn't give up its secrets right til the end!

Thanks for this one Wombles. I'll have to add his other book to my wishlist. I'll return it when we next meet. It might be an idea to put up as a bookring again with more new and keen Brisbane BookCrossers around. 


Journal Entry 11 by aleonblue at Under the Eiffel Tower in Milton, Queensland Australia on Saturday, July 15, 2006

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Releasing this book at the Brisbane BookCrossers monthly meet-up. Going back to Wombles who lent me this great book. 


Journal Entry 12 by bookworm-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, July 16, 2006

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Handed to me by wombles at lunch today. She said a lot of us has read it, it's your turn :) From the previous review I can see that it's good so thanks a lot. 


Journal Entry 13 by bookworm-BNE from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, September 04, 2006

9 out of 10

Fascinating! Not sure what I can add after everything that has been said, other than I really, really loved it. It is so real, the characters have been developed extremely well and the twists and turns made it flow on very fast.
I read his first book before this and I don't think it is nearly as good, this one seems more real and the children in it makes it so compelling.
Thanks a lot wombles! I'll bring it back to the next lunch, unless my housemate snaps it up and it'll come to Toowoomba with us. 


Journal Entry 14 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Sunday, December 10, 2006

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Returned home again, I'm pleased so many others enjoyed this book as much as I did! 


Journal Entry 15 by leany17 from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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sent to me by Wombles.. thanks looking forward to reading this. 


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