Review: Hinterland


Literary Fiction

by L M Brown

Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year-old daughter Kate.When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, whose last involuntary admission to hospital was before Kate was born. When his childhood best friend, Ina, returns next door, tensions rise in the house. Already unstable, Kathleen suspicions of Ina and Nicholas grow until a day of violence ensues and Kathleen disappears.
Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s disappearance. No-one will tell her where Kathleen is. Although Ina helps to take care of Kate, Nicholas keeps her at arm’s length. He cannot bring himself to tell the truth about Kathleen’s last day, until Kate runs away, and he realizes his silence has torn everyone apart. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late. 



4 out of 5

Hinterland is emotional. I knew as soon as I started this that it might be a difficult read. In some ways it was. It’s never easy to be the one with the mental illness who needs extra help or the one stuck caring for them. The slow revealing of information helped keep me intrigued, but I wish at times that the pace had been a little faster. I couldn’t help but feel bad for Kate, and the position Nicholas finds himself in. Full of emotion and drama, this book could easily be a peek into the life of a family navigating turbulent waters.


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About the Author

L.M Brown is the author of novels Debris and Hinterland, and the linked short story collections Treading The Uneven Road and Were We Awake. Her award-winning stories have been published in over a dozen magazines. She grew up in Ireland but lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters.

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