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Not so for young Ryan though, who never wanted to leave his home and is resentful at not being given any choices, he wants to live with his father. As a teenager, and still at school, Ryan was not very popular anyway and has always struggled to make friends because of his seemingly dark outlook. Because of this, and his angst about leaving home and having to start at a new school, he has developed quite a belligerent attitude towards people in general, as well as his mother and elder brother.
Being a small friendly community where everyone knows and trusts each other, it is quite alarming for them to find that things suddenly start going wrong, and theft becomes an issue in the oyster community.
Naturally suspicion at first falls on the newcomers and Erin herself begins to have her doubts when she also falls victim to some strange occurrences. Young Ryan's attitude appears to be darkening all the more as his general popularity wanes along with his demeanor as people look for blame everywhere. Lots of action going on as we follow the people of this small community through their work and daily activities in search of a culprit, or culprits. There are quite a few red herrings to keep the reader guessing and pointing the finger at this one or that one. This was an enjoyable read with lots of twists to keep you guessing.
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Dec 09, Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense , mystery , read-on-kindle , own-read , arc , release , net-galley , aussie-authors , thriller. Mallee Bay was where Erin had grown up — she had many happy memories of the small town, and hoped her boys would come to like the lifestyle as well.
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But the sight of the rental in the late evening was de 4. But the sight of the rental in the late evening was depressing, even though Erin tried to keep their spirits up… It smelled of heat, and dirt, and open spaces. It smelled of salt Eyre. But Mike was supportive and Erin was trying to do her best. Their elderly neighbours, Jono who was an oyster farmer, and his wife Helen were friendly and welcoming, with Jono giving Mike a job a few days a week. With unexpected suddenness, the locals discovered thefts of their property — and when a fire erupted in the middle of the night, it was too close for comfort for Erin.
What on earth was happening in Malley Bay? Was there someone out to get her? Filled with menace and danger, the twists were gripping. I had no idea who the culprit was and when the secrets were unravelled I was blown away! Running Against the Tide is a fast flowing, suspense ridden story and one I have no hesitation in recommending highly. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review. Really enjoyed this suspenseful tale set near Adelaide. Amanda Ortlepp is certainly yet another talented Australian author to look out for!
With her two teenage sons, Erin moves away from her life in Sydney, to down to her childhood home near the Eyre Peninsula not far from Adelaide. Mallee Bay is an oyster town, many of the locals making a living from hard work at the oyster farms. But did Erin really leave her past behind her?
Strange things begin to happen and Erin feel she is in danger. But f Really enjoyed this suspenseful tale set near Adelaide. But from who? And what can she do about it?
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I thought this book was great. I really enjoyed all the characters, especially the ones who live in the town. Jono and his wife Helen, and Puff were fabulous characters. But I enjoyed her character a lot more by the end. I really appreciated that the main characters were older. I enjoy reading about characters with a bit of life experience behind them. It seems a lot of novels I have read lately have been filled with young characters so it was refreshing to read about older people for a change.
Having said that, Mike and Ryan were the youngest characters in the novel yet they still had quite a depth to them, especially Ryan. Loved the twists and turns throughout the book. However I figured out the main twist well before it happened so that was slightly disappointing.
Yes, it was a good story, had some suspenseful moments and I ate it up! Womens fiction fans as well as romantic suspense fans will appreciate this one.
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As well as fans of books in Aussie settings by talented Aussie writers! Many thanks to the author Amada Ortlepp and publisher Simon and Schuster Australia via NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews check out my blog www. View all 4 comments. I think many readers will enjoy this, especially if they love the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia and oyster farming. Erin is a mum with 2 teenaged boys, a year-old and one just out of school. They leave Dad in Sydney and move back to the South Australian fishing village where Erin spent much of her childhood.
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Like a lot of people, when things go wrong in the family, they either want to go home or wan 3. Like a lot of people, when things go wrong in the family, they either want to go home or want to go to the last place they were happy, which is often a holiday locale. Mallee Bay is an oyster farming community and a tourist destination. Ryan, the young son, is a bit of an emo, dark, secretive, unhappy.
He was okay in primary school, when the kids pretty much managed to bump along comfortably together. Orange to the left, purple to the right, red in the top corner, blue in the bottom corner. Each group had split and then split again until the schoolyard was filled with tenuously-linked pairs and trios and quartets.
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Meanwhile, Mike discovers he enjoys both earning and learning about oyster farming from the old codger next door runs a business. Ryan remains unhappy, of course. I found the change awkward and peculiar. It ended kind of abruptly with some questions unanswered.
Maybe I missed something? Always possible. But that's the reason I docked it half a star. Good writing, though. Feb 18, Carolyn rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary , netgalley , relationships , australian-author. Erin Travers left Sydney with her two teenage sons Mike and Ryan after the breakdown of her marriage and moved to Mallee Bay, a small seaside town on Eyre Peninsula where she had happy memories of childhood holidays.
With no money due to her husband's addictive gambling habit, Erin can only afford to rent the cheapest of ramshackle houses and her youngest son Ryan is not impressed. In fact he is not pleased with the move at all, hating his new school and everything about the town. Older brother Erin Travers left Sydney with her two teenage sons Mike and Ryan after the breakdown of her marriage and moved to Mallee Bay, a small seaside town on Eyre Peninsula where she had happy memories of childhood holidays. Older brother Mike has settled in better, making friends and finding work with their neighbour Jono helping with his oyster farm.
Not long after the family arrives, the oyster farmings start experiencing thefts of their oysters. Strange things also start happening to Erin; theft and damage to her property and a series of threatening notes. I enjoyed the story of this family trying to restart their lives together after the upheaval of their lives in Sydney. The characters are interesting with Erin friendly but somewhat tentative about forming new relationships after her marriage breakup.
Mike at 19, seems to be a happy go lucky young man who seems to have no plans and falls easily into the world of oyster fishing. Ryan at 15 is a broody teenager, resentful that he has been taken away from his father, friends and home and makes life hard for Erin and himself.
Setting this novel in an oyster farming community gave it a good Australian flavour and added interest with descriptions of the process and hazards of farming the oysters woven into the story.
Although there are hints earlier in the book that someone has been watching Erin, I wasn't prepared for the later events in the story and was quite blown away by the direction it took from a slowly developing story into a dark and threatening one. There are several false leads and twists along the way that seem to be leading in a different direction to the suspenseful and dramatic ending.