Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Children's Pond, by Tina Shaw

via Booksellers NZ

An exciting addition to New Zealand's burgeoning crime genre, this is the first novel to be set in Turangi and features the beautiful Tongariro River.

Hand pressed over her mouth. Covers stripped back. Punch to the kidneys. ‘Shut up. Don’t tell, or it’ll be bad for you. We can make things real bad, bitch.’ Lisa, staring down at her, eyes gleaming in the dim light. Another girl rummaging in her locker. Shit. The chocolate her mother had sent, had been hoarding it, eking it out, one piece at a time. Another punch, to her guts. Groaned beneath the clammy hand. Then they were gone. Released, Jess rolled onto her side, clutching her stomach.
What really happened all those years ago at Aranui?

"Tina Shaw's ear for dialogue is so acute that every character leaps from the page whenever they speak. With swift and subtle strokes she evokes the inside of a prison as easily as the beauty of the landscape, and all that lies beneath the secrets of the human heart. I found this taut, knowing novel absolutely compelling. The Children's Pond is a brilliant psychological thriller."
- Fiona Kidman
Tina Shaw is the author of several novels including The Black Madonna (Penguin NZ), and About Griffen's Heart (Longacre), which was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010. She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, the Creative NZ Berlin Writers’ Residency, and the 2005 Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. Her latest publication is the Bateman New Zealand Writer's Handbook. She is a manuscript assessor and creative writing tutor:

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David Bateman Ltd, 30 Tarndale Grove, Albany, Auckland
Author contact:Tina Shaw,  PO Box 655, Taupo
Available in bookstores from Wednesday 18 June

The Children's Pond
by Tina Shaw
RRP: $29.99 inc GST
ISBN: 978-0-473-27402-3
Publishing July 2014
Pointer Press Ltd
Format: 137 x 210 mm, 276 pages, paperback

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