Set in Cann River in Australia’s rugged southern wilderness, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is a tale of a remote town haunted by a legacy, a legacy with ominous consequences.
It’s a warm evening in the autumn of 1983 when Miriam Forster rolls into town in her broken down car.
Frankie the deer hunter, is up in the forested hinterland with her gun. Old Pearl the fisherwoman sits on her front deck down by the lagoon with her whiskey and her dog. And Emily, the English backpacker, scrubs out the pie-encrusted kitchen at the roadhouse.
All is not well. There’s a hoon doing donuts at the crossroads and screaming down the fire trails in the woods; a suspicious-looking city-slicker with two small children, squatting in Fred’s shack down by the lake; a beanie-headed gaunt guy convalescing at the lighthouse; and an acne festooned creature in the hotel room next to Miriam, thrashing about in the night.
Gran Parks is stirring. Who will survive? Who will get away? Who will stay?
Review (4/5 Stars):
This was a pretty interesting read for me, and I think that anyone who enjoys supernatural type stories will find it an equally pleasing read. The author’s knowledge of the rural part of Australia is clearly evident in the word choices and the descriptions of places. I enjoy when a book is written about somewhere that the author has intimate knowledge of because then they can make the people and places really come to life. To me, this novel seemed very realistic and the people and places seemed like they could have been friends of the author as well as she seemed to know them. The one thing holding me back was that with all the perspective changes each chapter, it seemed hard to get to know each person like I would have wanted to, and seemed to at some points have to go back and double check who each person was as the perspective shifted, especially near the beginning. However, this was still a marvelous read and I’d recommend it to anyone who asks.
About the Author:
Isobel Blackthorn is a novelist, book reviewer and English tutor based in rural Australia. She holds a Ph.D. in Western Esotericism and the occult features in most of her writing. Isobel is the author of the novels Asylum, The Drago Tree, A Perfect Square and The Cabin Sessions. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is her fifth novel. Her short stories have appeared in journals around the world and her short story collection All Because of You received a 5 Star book award from Reader’s Favorite. Her passion for books is boundless. Isobel reviews for Shiny New Books, Trip Fiction, Sisters in Crime and the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. She lives on the wild southern coast of Australia with her little white cat, Psyche.