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Kate Genet is a New Zealand author who enjoys writing books with strong lesbian characters. Even if they don't start out feeling all that strong, they've usually found their tenacity and self-assurance by the time she's done with them; characters you can like, admire, and wish you knew - maybe they're even a bit like you. With her interest in telling compelling stories she spreads herself across a few genres within lesbian fiction - supernatural suspense, adventure, science fiction and fantasy, and now romance. Keep up to date with her writing life and new releases by visiting her website at kategenet.com (coming January 2014).
She also writes mainstream speculative fiction under the name Kate Hansen.
on Aug. 17, 2013 :
Well, in fourth installment the story of Trisha and Michaela become really intense. It makes one really fear for them and it's hardly possible to stop reading until it ends. Great!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 13, 2013 :
I find it harder and harder to review books about these two women. I followed them from Mrs. Genet's first novel on them. She has written of them so well it feels as if they are your next door neighbors. I love hearing about these women and their lives. It is like hearing from two old friends. Now, this novel does not have the regular spirits , ghosts, or haunt. But they still manage to get theirselves into a spot (as usual). But I would still say this novel depicts the love between these women and how it has grown and will continue to grow. I can't wait to hear from them again.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Kelli Jae Baeli
on Jan. 22, 2013 :
This 4th book in the Michaela and Trisha series has no ghosts, or spooky talking dolls, nor any strange lights or ominous shadows, but it still manages to be chilling and exciting. The pivotal point in the relationship between the main characters would be interesting enough, but the danger and obstacles Genet places in front of them makes this adventurous story impossible to put down until you get to the end.
One thing that always impresses me about Kate Genet's books, aside from their eloquent prose, is that she could sell ice to an Eskimo--convince you, utterly, that the situation is real, and you are part of it. Her ability to reveal just the right details, find the perfect element of interest, is second to none. She can take a simple premise and make it blossom into an engaging, page-turning wonder:
"She headed straight out, hair flying, arms straining, trying to keep her strokes fluid and even, afraid of tipping out. She was sure the men were going to follow her, and if they decided to, they’d have her in minutes. The boat would bear down on her, pushing the pink kayak under its hull, spilling her into the water, where she’d either be sliced and diced in the propeller, or plucked out of the water on the end of a fishing hook, skewered and helpless."
I believe it is, in fact, the author's ability to turn a phrase that so thoroughly draws you in. Peppered throughout the pages of all Genet's books, are delicious little tidbits that move the story, create vivid settings, and act as food for the eyes:
"Beneath her, the ground crumbled away into rocks that raced steeply downwards to throw themselves under the waves.
Or this passage:
"Dawn came in shades of undergrowth grey, needling down through the canopy and doing its best to crawl along the forest floor to where Michaela lay with her eyes open but not wanting to move."
Disbelief explores the arduous terrain of self-confidence and courage; but in the relationship between Michaela and Trisha, the other meat is found; at once captivating and charming, these two women inspire an affinity in the reader that insures complete attention to the story, and invests you in the outcome; a satisfying book that leaves you wanting more, without making you feel that anything was left out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)