The Swooping Magpie by @LizaPerrat ~ set in 1970s Australia #Family #Drama ~ Fact based Fiction #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Liza Perrat

Kindle Edition Published October 2018

Category: Fiction based on fact, 1970’s, Australia, Family Drama, Book Review

The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy. 

Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

Lindsay Townsend, a pretty and popular sixteen year old, has set her sights on Jon Halliwell, the P.E. teacher at her school, regardless of the fact he is married.

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Bitter Sun by Beth Lewis ~ Evocative & Dark 1970s #Fiction @bethklewis #FridayReads

Author: Beth Lewis

Performed by Christopher Ragland

Released: June 2018 on Audible, Published by HarperCollins

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Psychological, 1970s Fiction, Audiobook Review

It all started when we found the body.
Then nothing was ever the same.

The Dry meets Stand by Me and True Detective in this stunningly written tale of the darkness at the heart of a small mid-Western town and the four kids who uncover it. 

In the heatwave summer of 1971, four kids find a body by a lake and set out to solve a murder. But they dig too deep and ask too many questions.

And John, Jenny, Gloria and Rudy are about to discover that sometimes secrets are best left uncovered…

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Bad Girl by @ldonskylevine #1970s Fiction #Novella

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

Being a member of Rosie Amber’s book review team means I’ve read some fabulous books which I probably wouldn’t have known about otherwise. This is one of them. Published in 2015, The Bad Girl was a 5* read for me. Continue reading

The Bad Girl by @ldonskylevine reviewed for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog 1970s #fiction

  • 28010021Author: L Donsky-Levine
  • Kindle Edition published November 2015 by Steel Wheel Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary 1970s Fiction
  • five-stars

1971. Riley Madison is always looking over her shoulder. And always running. From poverty, from abuse, from a childhood snuffed out by a junkie mother, and a violent past marginally kept at bay. This twenty-two-year-old New Yorker lives in her less than perfect world where her only friend is a cat, and when not self-medicating with Twinkies, Oreos and cigarettes, she works at a Times Square sex emporium servicing anyone who can pay. Not because she wants to. But because she has to if she aims to stay one step ahead of the dangerous underworld that sees her as nothing more than prey. Prey whose internal armor is about to be tested in ways she never imagined when her life once again spirals out of control. 
Survival in the animal world is a simple concept. Survival in the human world is not.

Although this is a novella it packs a huge emotional punch. It’s a dark look at one very damaged girl’s fight to survive in 1970s New York. Riley Madison works in The Deuce, an area of Manhattan well known to the police and those who liked to indulge their individual pleasures. At just twenty-two, Riley does what she has to in order to survive. Her life has been a series of horrendous situations and, emotionally scarred, she can’t envisage herself ever having a better life. Despite it all, she endures. Continue reading