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Goodwood
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
47 posts | 23 read | 15 to read
It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if from a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped. 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. Rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery.
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Yanya
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Crackin' read!

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CarolynM
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Panpan

Not a successful novel in my opinion. I don't think the author could make up her mind whether she was writing a mystery, a country town slice of life or a sexual awakening story. I didn't like the switches from first person to third person narrative and the solution to the mystery involved too much secret keeping for insufficient reason, but my main problem with it was that it was all very dull. #ozfiction

Tamra Dull, that is a certain death. 😐 4mo
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CarolynM
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CarolynM
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Victoria_Clyne
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Set in a small country, life is quiet until two residents go missing within the space of a week. How the town copes and mystery unfolds is told from the point of view of seventeen year old Jean. I quite liked the story and way it was told, though there was a bit of teenage angst.

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Eva2
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I did enjoy this book but not as much as her second novel, which I‘m hoping means her books just keep getting better! I liked her portrayal of a small country town and the mystery kept me hooked but I just didn‘t love it. I don‘t regret reading it though and will definitely read more of her books....when she writes them 😀

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Eva2
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I recently read Holly Throsby‘s second novel ‘Cedar Valley‘ which I really enjoyed. It prompted me to reserve this, her first novel, from the library. The setting is a country town not far from town in the second novel and some of the characters overlap which is great.

MrsMalaprop I liked this one. Haven‘t read her latest. 11mo
Eva2 The latest is definitely worth a read @MrsMalaprop. I hope she plans on writing a third! 11mo
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Tashreads
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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Day 24| #ReadingResolutions
1992. A small town. 2 people vanish. Secrets. What more could I ask from a #beachread #tbr

CarolynM I must get around to reading this one soon 2y
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Joanne1
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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A quirky small town Australian mystery made all the more interesting by the voice of 17 year old Jean as she narrates the puzzling and distressing events from Goodwood in the 1992. I also appreciated the flashbacks in my own small town Australian childhood.

Fernoppy I really enjoyed this one too. Didn't pick the ending either. 2y
Joanne1 @Fernoppy don't know why it took me so long to get to it. I did pick part of the ending, but not all and I still enjoyed it. 2y
Jeg Loved this. I don‘t normally keep books anymore but I have this one. I will read it again one day. Loved the descriptions. So very Australian . 2y
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Joanne1
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My secret power is the ability to read in the car. This comes in handy during the seven hour drive home from our beach holiday. This is another #aussieauthor and one I should have got to sooner. I'm hooked, even reading while stopped at a park for lunch.

KathyWheeler I can read in the car too; it comes in really handy. 2y
CarolynM Keep meaning to get around to this one. Thanks for the encouragement! 2y
Joanne1 @CarolynM I bought it on my kindle more than a year ago., 2y
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gimboid
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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What happens when tragedy strikes an Australian country town. Develops at the pace of life in a small town but kept me gripped right the way through.

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BookishBron
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Mehso-so

I can't say I loved this - I had trouble remembering who all the characters were, and, along with the switching POV and perspective, I found this a bit distracting and just wasn't engaged. I do think some people will love it though.

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MrsMalaprop
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Finished this today, just in time for the #Aprilbookshowers #ruralsetting prompt.

I really enjoyed it. It was a light book about some dark subject matter (if that makes sense). Very Aussie and I wonder how Littens from other parts of the world might find it?

mcipher It sounds good. I love the colors in your picture, too. 😊 3y
Reese_Pearly.Pages Those shoes 😍 3y
Cinfhen Sounds really good 😊 stacked! 3y
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MrsMalaprop
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I keep reading about Jean's "brown toast" for breakfast and had to get me some this fine morning ?.

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MrsMalaprop
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#currentread Hubby's back at work. Kids are temporarily occupied. So it's tea, a biccie and a little Goodwood for me 😁.

LeahBergen I have a little teapot like that in blue! ❤️ 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I like your mug! ❤️ 3y
Texreader Gorgeous tea set!! 3y
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LeeRHarry Looks like a choc wheaten to me 😊 looking forward to Goodwood later in the year for book club 😊 3y
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I read this one a while ago . Loved the descriptions I do remember. Very Aussie. 3y
MrsMalaprop Indeed @LeeRHarry a dark chocolate one at that 😋. 3y
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mischa
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This is going to (unexpectedly) be one of my favourite books of the year.

It's quiet, ostensibly taking place around twin mysteries, but ultimately it is just about small town living and coming-of-age.

At times, the prose was absolutely beautiful and I found myself laying awake thinking about it, then having to get up and just finish it. Hence a review at 2:50am Brisbane time. 😝

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mischa
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Jeg
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I got this book from our book club Christmas. It is a first novel. Holly is an Aussie. I loved it. Very very Aussie. The ending was just perfect for me! 😊😊 . Give it a go.

MrsMalaprop Just finished it. I liked it too. 😊 3y
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Mel01
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Loving reading this wee treasure with my wee treasures on a miserable day

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tonilehelena
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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My best nine from 2016 featured so much bookish goodness 😍 I'm aiming for 90 books in 2017, after having read 76 in 2016. How many books are you hoping to read this year?

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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A good mystery and some great writing. #10booksin10days

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LiaMahony
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Christmas bookish score. Cool book. Aussie book. Book gift voucher. Hooray.

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Joanne1
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Yay, summer/Christmas holidays. Plenty of reading time, including this one which has been on my radar since it came out.

LeeRHarry We are reading this in my book group later next year- it will be interesting to hear what you think 😊 3y
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MSingAround
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As someone fighting MS, this quote sums up my daily struggles 😂

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Jhullie
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Goodwood is like any small Australian town, I felt at home there while reading about it. Holly Throsby has a particular talent for language and her turn of phrase is compelling. I found myself sharing quotes on social media and re-reading passages because they were so well written. A thumbs up from me 👍

SaturnDoo Omg what a cutie❤❤❤ that sweet little face ☺ 3y
Kathrin So cute! 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 3y
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Jhullie
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Getting into the Christmas Spirit at work. Only 2 more weeks until the end of term and then 6 weeks off for the Christmas break.

TrishB 6 weeks 😀😀 fab! 3y
Jhullie Yes @TrishB one of the perks of working in a school. 😊 3y
TrishB Schools here only shut for 2 weeks! 3y
Jhullie It's our summer holiday, students have 8 weeks off, and staff get 6. Christmas in Summer is weird. 3y
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Jhullie
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Thoroughly enjoying this little Aussie mystery.

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Jhullie
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It's a super moon tonight. The next time it will be this close and bright will be 2034. It's supposed to be bright enough to read by...and they're right. I just read a page of my book by moonlight! 🌝

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Jhullie
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I'm halfway through and really enjoying this one. Not much reading time available this weekend but I read what I could 💚📗

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Jhullie
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I've got the air conditioning blasting icy air at me, a tall glass of cold water and my book. I'm all set for this stinking hot weekend in sunny Queensland. ☀️🍹📘

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Jhullie
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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#photoadaynov16 #bookandbrew
Struggling to adult today! I want to stay in bed and read, not struggle through hideous traffic and work 😆

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Jhullie
Goodwood | Holly Throsby
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Chicken salad and a small town mystery, perfect evening 🔎

Reviewsbylola That's looks delicious. 3y
Jhullie @Reviewsbylola yes it was. I am making an effort to eat healthy. Living alone has made me lazy and I have tended to go the quick, easy but unhealthy route for too long. 3y
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Jhullie
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Dinner for one...but with the best company a bookworm could wish for 💙📘

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Jhullie
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❤️📕💚📗💙📘

BookishMarginalia Mmm... sounds like our house! 3y
MyNamesParadise Yes, that is my life!! 3y
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Jhullie
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I love a good mystery 🔍

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Jhullie
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Moving on from horror to mystery. A good Australian story. And it is #setinasmalltown for #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading

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Gillyreads
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MrBook Nice job! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Gillyreads @MrBook thanks 😊 3y
Jhullie I haven't read Goodwood yet, it's sitting on my shelf taunting me because I am so busy at work. Soon though📚 3y
Gillyreads @Jhullie it's so good! I found it a quick read too because I got so sucked in 3y
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Gillyreads
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Really excellent book. Very worth picking up especially if you like mysteries or small towns. It's very well crafted and so hard to put down. A joy to read

Jhullie It's sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently to be read. 3y
Gillyreads @Jhullie it's so good 3y
Jhullie Yes, I finally read it. A very good read 📖💖 3y
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thebookdiviner
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'Chaotic' is how I would describe this book.

It's like we are seeing events unfold through Evie's eyes but she doesn't feel like the protagonist, just narrator. The stronger chapters were those with Mack and Davo or Judy and Mrs Bart because I could feel the emotional trauma caused by the missing people.

It flips between characters and between tenses but there were no strong individual voices between the characters.

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Jhullie
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Finally managed to get a copy of this. So excited to begin.

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Gillyreads
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4 pages in and already loving it. Great writing!

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tonilehelena
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I'm recording a podcast with Holly Throsby tomorrow and I can't wait to talk to her about her debut novel GOODWOOD✌🏼️

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neverretirebookseller
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I love a coming of age story and Goodwood is an excellent example. Great characters, incredible sense of place and warm humour. Set in a quiet Australian town, two people go missing a week apart.

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wintercherry
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Feeling miserable with a head cold means bed, book and endless cups of tea.