Voice actor Diedre Rubenstein performs Joy Dettman's intense and emotional Mallawindy, a novel about secrets, trauma, and familial violence in the Australian outback.
Rubenstein displays great range in her performance of this highly affecting audiobook, skillfully communicating protagonist Ann Burton's deep vulnerability and growing desire to cast off the shackles of the past. Rubenstein also succeeds at deftly building tension in this slow-burning work, gradually heightening the intensity of the book with subtle shifts in intonation in order to accentuate the distinct arc of the novel.
Ann Burton was born on a river bank the night her father tried to burn their house down. Six years later, her sister, Liza, disappears while they are staying at their uncle's property. What Ann sees that day robs her of her memory and her speech.
Ann escapes her anguished childhood, finding love and a new life away from Mallawindy. But there is no escape from the Burton family and its dark secrets. Ann must return to Mallawindy and confront the past if she is ever to be free.
©1998 Joy Dettman; (P)2009 Bolinda
"A compelling story, well told..... it holds promise of further fiction from its author." (Canberra Times)
"A stunning debut; a rich and engrossing read; a tale of page turning suspense and mystery; a postmortem of family ties; all this and Mallawindy will grab you hook, line and sinker." (Queensland Times)
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