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Dianne is an Australian author
In March 2016 Dianne was shortlisted top three in the Ruth Rendell short story awards
In 2012 Dianne's novel 'Soul's Child' won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award
List of writing awards:
1995 – Cairns Post Writers award (QLD AUS)
1996 – Harper Collins award publication (AUS)
1996 – Cambridge Writers award (AUS)
1997 – Harper Collins award (AUS)
1997 – FishPublishing top 100 (International)
2000 – University of Canberra award (AUS)
2002 – Kerry Greenwood award publication (AUS)
2002 – Scarlet Stiletto award publication (AUS)
2004 – Ginninderra Press award publication (AUS)
2005 – Scarlet Stiletto award publication (AUS)
2007 – Harlequin/MIRA press award publication (AUS)
2007 – IP Picks Press award (AUS/NZ)
2009 – IP Picks Press award (AUS/NZ)
2012 - YouWriteOn Book of the Year award (international)
2016 - Shortlist top three Ruth Rendell award
on Nov. 07, 2012 :
With a novel like this it is apparent to me why your writing has won so many awards, Dianne. I absolutely love this novel. It is captivating, enthralling, has great pacing, relatable narrators, intrigue, suspense and an amazing storyline.
Wolf Pear has two narrators: Esther and JD.
*Esther is someone who has been emotionally abused all of her life. She is just a fat waste of space that will never amount to anything as far as her family is concerned. She tries to live her life in spite of their abuse and has done well for herself. Yet all they do is belittle her achievements and point out all of her wrongs. They walk all over her and she rarely stands up for herself. But even with all of this, she is a strong person and I loved that about her. I love the survivor in her and her strength and perseverance. She is truly a great person who is lonely and in need of love.
*JD is an accomplished police officer who is on "vacation" after his brothers death. However this vacation is actually his journey to track down his brother's killer. He is determined to find this person and bring him to justice. He is gifted and pulls off Sherlock Holmes like scenes. He puts things together that no one else sees. It is exciting and pretty darn impressive. He also has a troubled past that he can't remember but begins to have flashbacks of it on this journey.
It becomes pretty clear that these two are going to meet. The reader is anticipating this and unsure as to what will happen when they do. At the end of it all, it is pretty great but not at all what I was expecting. Uhum... Allow me to correct myself. It did not end the way I wanted it to. It was a happily ever after just not of the flower and hearts variety that the romantic in me was hoping for.
Wolf Pear has left me impressed and yearning to read more of Gray's work. It is a novel anyone can enjoy. It has its action, comedy, drama, paranormal appearances and suspense. Gray keeps you tethered to this novel. When not in your hands it will be on your mind. This is truly an amazing read.
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)