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D. A. Cairns is married with two children and lives on the south coast of New South Wales in Australia where he works as an English language teacher and writes stories in his very limited spare time. He has had over 30 short stories published(who's counting, right?) His novels include Devolution, Loathe Your Neighbor and Ashmore Grief.
on Jan. 20, 2013 :
I've finished the book now. Loved it! But it stopped me from doing the million things on my 'to do' list!! What a great ending! The last line was just fantastic, ambiguous but loaded with meaning! For me, the mark of a good book, besides being something you really want to read, obviously, is that you think about the characters when you're not reading it. Kind of like you're living in their world for a while. And you empathise with them and understand their motivations. I'm not a book critic and I don't know how to write a review, I just like what I like.
- Christine Dashwood
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Jeanne M. Haskin
on Jan. 12, 2013 :
This second novel from D.A. Cairns mixes wry, sarcastic humor with infidelity and neighborhood drama. David Lavender's constant preoccupation with his neighbor, whom he's dubbed the Chainsaw Massacrer of Chinaman's Hollow, and his frustrated sexual passions lead him down a road of risk, betrayal, and violence. In a way, he betrays himself by becoming someone he never imagined he'd be. His life is not far removed from everyday human experience, but it's about to change drastically--and not for the good.
This is a bold, compelling read with well-drawn characters anyone can relate to: friends, family, a lover and, above all, neighborhood enemies.
(reviewed the day of purchase)