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Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
on Sep. 10, 2014 :
Nathan Miller has a secret and he is not ready to let anyone know what happened, which makes him an unreliable narrator, which means, for you as a reader, that he is going to bullshit you to no end to protect his own ass. But the problem is, that, like all liars the more they talk, the more they betray themselves and slip information that they shouldn't have.
Even though I liked the concept and that it was nicely pulled out, one thing that bugged me was that the information he lets slip out is by itself a bit inconsistent as is it was more lies and I'm kept on hoping that it would all make sense at the end and somehow I still have questions. Even when you know everything things still don't add up. I think part of them would be answered in book 2 of the series as Caitlin seems to be more able to relate things efficiently for the reader.
Another thing that annoyed me in this book was that a lot seemed unrealistic mostly due to the underdevelopment of most of the characters. Let's face it Nathan is only preoccupied for himself and Caitlin but I still believe the story would have been a better if the other characters had some sort of reactions or feelings that were actually explored. I'm not going to make a complete, but just imagine a second, your children have been threatened by terrorists and your daughter disappear and she is sent to you bit by bit by mails. How would you react? Personally, I don't have children, but I would think I would freak out. Well Nathan's parents think that she would show up eventually because she always does. I wondered if that was Nathan bullshitting me again, but most of the secondary characters react this way. It's a bit like the entire world has stopped and only Nathan has feeling for Caitlin. Part of the action also made me cringe as not possible, but once again as it's Nathan telling you that there is no way to know what really happened.
Nathan is creepy to no end and I hated his sorry, guilty ass right from the begging. I personally wouldn't like him anywhere close to me. Not I have some prejudices against nice and helpful people.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 29, 2014 :
When I first started reading this book I didn't think it was going to be my sort of thing, but once I got into it I just had to keep going to find out what would happen next. But that's thing, it's a very tantalising story and you're left with more questions than answers. I'm now deciding whether or not to get the sequel because I really want to know.
The "nightmares" themselves do get a little repetitive in places and towards the end I did start to skip bits. Neither of the characters were particularly likeable, it was the mystery aspect that kept me reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2014 :
Wow. This is a excellent story how a Rape and abuse survivor can show strength of will to survive. Caitlin was kidnapped and repeatedly raped and abused. She had to suffer at the hands of 4 different men who broker some of her bones and made her get to the point that she wanted to end it all. She was found of the beach by Nathan who also lost his Sister. Caitlin became close to Nathan who helped her from the time he found her until she went away with her friend Jo. The Twist at the end of the book was just amazing.
The story really draws you in and keeps you captivated until you find that you have read the full story.
(reviewed long after purchase)
J T Chapman
on Aug. 19, 2013 :
I actually picked this up a couple of days ago and couldn't put it down until I turned the last page.
The first chapter drew me in completely, it was instantly intriguing. So much so that I had to know more. Some of it was hazy/clouded and, as you read it's revealed why - pure genius, that's all I'm saying. The rest of the book didn't disappoint in any way.
The author managed to keep me guessing on motives, involvement and even the outcome the entire time. I was wrong most of the time and perhaps that's what kept me reading - not knowing what was coming next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)