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Hinterland by L.M Brown

Genre: Fiction | Pages: 324

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Intro of the book by L.M Brown:

Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, whose last involuntary admission to hospital was before Kate was born. When his childhood best friend, Ina, returns next door, tensions rise in the house. Already unstable, Kathleen suspicions of Ina and Nicholas grow until a day of violence ensues and Kathleen disappears.

Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s disappearance. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina helps to take care of Kate, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell the truth about Kathleen’s last day, until Kate runs away, and he realizes his silence has torn everyone apart. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late.


The story "Hinterland" revolves around the protagonist Nicholas and his family. The story line projects the life of Nicholas who is a dotting father and a family man and ensures to balance his family's responsibilities to be there for them in the best way possible.

The narration is about Nicholas and his mental unstable wife with their daughter lives a somewhat okay life until a new character's entry which drives the family to a fight and rips them apart. Although, innocent Nicholas's wife fails to see reason and her actions result in her leaving the family. Unable to understand or comprehend her mothers absence, Kate runs away which puts Nicholas in a difficult position. Overcoming live's struggles and struggling with his conflicting decisions, Nicholas sets out to find his daughter and takes quite the journey.

By playing into populist beliefs about love and family, Lorna weaves the story that provides its reader quite a few knee-jerk reactions. The book is filled with a lot of drama and is sure to entertain its reader beyond the conventional boy-girl stories. I was pleased at how Katheleen's character isn’t restricted to being a nagging wife, and is shown to have her own personal struggles. While her husband continues to lead a normal life, she takes complex decisions of her own that set's the story in motion.

Hinterland is a consistently engaging book, even when you find yourself disagreeing with some parts of it. The action, particularly the huge fight was impressively staged and vivid to make one imagine clearly. The tone and vocabulary of the novel is effortlessly excellent. I look forward to read more of her books.

About the author:

L.M Brown is the author of novels Debris and Hinterland, and the linked short story collections Treading The Uneven Road and Were We Awake. Her award winning stories have been published in over a dozen magazines.

Hinterland was released October 13th and you can purchase this book on any online stores.

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