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Maree Ward-Russell was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1965. She currently resides in Auckland, in a home with a sea view across Auckland Harbour. She has two crazy cats, four fussy budgies and an army of teenagers to feed. By day she has been known to pick daffodils in the rain and by night she can be found stalking graveyards for creepy photos. When not writing and looking after family she dreams of Dragons and Demons in the dark. She has been a Registered Nurse for twenty-six years and has an Advanced Diploma in Novel Writing from the New Zealand Business Institute.
on Oct. 05, 2013 :
Snowdrops Wilt at Dawn is the latest spine tingling adventure in the Demonic Series by Maree Ward Russell. As I have come to expect from this author, the pages are turned with great anticipation, as lines burnish a gripping tale that will keep you guessing until the end!
Maree has us posing questions of ourselves and society with her usual skill, while supporting her work with vividly illustrated characters and scenes that take on a wonderful detail. The characters are deep and the cause of some sweeping emotions.
The author has explored a few new areas, but this only serves to enhance the read and show further the depth of her talent. As always for her style, she paints sensuality and horror without actually giving enough detail to make it gratuitous. In my view this is the perfect balance!
This was a far more emotional read for me than Roses or the books in the Castle series. At different times my reaction would jerk from elation to dread, as Maree cleverly has the reader draw an association with the characters. If you read this book before Roses at Dusk, you will enjoy it just as much as if you read it after – But your expectation of the stories direction will change! (Please imagine me winking)!!!!
For those, like me, who have read Roses, the pages offer a rollercoaster – you find that you already know things about the characters that fill you with dread of how the book will end. This genuinely was an emotional journey for me as I found such an association with the characters and felt myself almost twisting with the plot.
I love the Epilogue which dips briefly back into the lives of characters from someplace else (Roses actually). I guess the romantic in me immediately clung to all sorts of possibilities. It doesn’t matter if that was the author’s intention; it was as close to a perfect ending as could ever be achieved.
The book reflects on some hard core topics, Maree hasn’t pulled any punches and asks some very interesting questions. She challenges everybody to look at their morals and decide for themselves where they stand on certain issues, most particularly with regard to crime and punishment. There is bags of metaphor and plenty of room for people to go away with their own thoughts and feelings.
At times the book jolts with graphic and shocking illustration of things we push far from our minds. Maree tackles all the hard subjects responsibly and with a frightening accuracy that will touch the nerves of many as it adds to the realism of the book. In short, this is a work of fiction that feels frighteningly real!
I could talk for hours about this masterpiece and I would welcome the chance to chat more with anyone else who wishes to do so. A must read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)