I come to you today with the exciting blog tour for Isobel Blackthor’s new book, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks.
This is the first book I have read from Isobel Blackthorn and it won’t be my last. It is such a well written book that I was gripped from the first few pages.The strapline of the book is ‘A Dark Comedy to Tickle Your Spine…’ and it lives up to your expectation.
The book is set in 1983 in Cann River, a very small outback town, just a crossroads really, in Australia’s southern wilderness.
The book starts in 1951 as Gloria’s drunken, abusive husband return from the pub. Twenty years earlier they had taken over the hotel. The day they moved in the trouble started, he quickly became abusive. Her body, bruised and battered; she cannot take anymore as the cleaver comes down.
The book then fast forwards to 1983 with the remainder of the chapters of the book are told from the viewpoint of one or other of the four female characters: Miriam, Frankie, Pearl and Emily.
It’s a warm evening in the autumn of 1983 when Miriam Forster rolls into town and when her alternator dies she is trapped waiting for a spare part to arrive from the city. 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 whisky and her dog. And Emily, the English backpacker, scrubs out the pie-encrusted kitchen at the roadhouse.
But all is not well: 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.
The remote town is haunted less by a ghost and more by a curse, a curse with ominous consequences for its victims. Gran Parks is stirring. Who will survive? Who will get away? Who will stay?
More about the book
Isobel Blackthorn is a novelist, book reviewer and English tutor based in rural Australia. She holds a PhD 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.
You can find our more about Isobel at: https://isobelblackthorn.com/
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I hope you enjoy, Helen xoxo