Published by Allen & Unwin
on July 1, 2014
Received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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The setting: Razorhurst, 1932. The fragile peace between two competing mob bosses—Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson—is crumbling. Loyalties are shifting. Betrayals threaten.
Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.
Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson’s ‘best girl’, experienced in surviving the criminal world, but she doesn’t know what this day has in store for her.
When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna’s latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie’s new protector. But Dymphna’s life is in danger too, and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy’s ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living . . .
When I read the premise for Razorhurst, I thought it sounded like a ‘me’ book. And I loved Justine Larbalestier’s Liar, so I hoped that I’d enjoy this book just as much.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get into this book. I liked the story and really liked Kelpie and Dymphna, but there was something about the way it was told that I didn’t like or connect with. I wish I could articulate what didn’t work for me, because looking back now I liked that Dymphna was smart and strong, and Kelpie and Snowy’s relationship, and the way the story didn’t shy away from the violence in the characters’ world. But while I was reading, I never felt really interested in what was happening, and the first half of the book moved really slowly for me. I never really felt compelled to pick the book back up once I’d put it down.
Part of what I love about reading and talking about books with other people is that we can read the exact same words and have completely different reactions and opinions. I’ve seen really great reviews for Razorhurst, so even though it wasn’t for me, if you’re intrigued, check it out!
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