I won a free copy of this book in a Dymock’s competition in exchange for a review over on their website. An Australian mystery book with a touch of culture, this book is perfect for those who are looking to read more about a true small Australian town.
“Goodwood is a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It’s a place where it’s impossible to keep a secret.
In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood’s most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home.
People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don’t just disappear.
As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling.” – Goodreads
I loved how the story was told from a 17 year old resident of the town who was telling her perspective on the events that were occurring in Goodwood. Jean starts of as one of the many simple characters from the small town and develops into a woman by the end of the story. My only criticism with Jean is that she didn’t add too much to the story herself – she was just one of the many witnesses of the situation. However, it was something different than the usual mystery which I enjoyed.
I loved the simplicity of the story line and the mystery that was being solved. Here we had a small country town where nothing too exciting ever happened, and then all of a sudden all the residents were in a frenzy with the disappearance of two of their beloved friends. I was intrigued in the story line and the mystery wasn’t predictable – I spent the whole book just wanting to know what happened!
I decided to give ‘Goodwood’ 4.5 stars out of 5. If you read or watched The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham and enjoyed it, I highly recommend picking up Goodwood. The coziness of the small town, the friendliness of the neighbourhood residents, and the culture and mystery aspects of this book definitely made it an enjoyable read.
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