More reviews of The Half-Child

Angela Savage & The Half-Child 5There have been another spate of mostly very pleasing reviews of The Half-Child in the past week or so.

In an article entitled Female sleuths hit mean streets, The Sun-Herald in Sydney gave The Half-Child a great rap, saying: “With Savage, we can truly see that having experience of a place, and knowing what actually happens there, make for the best sort of story.”

Coincidentally, The Half-Child was reviewed in that article alongside A Few Right Thinking Men, the wonderful debut novel by Sulari Gentill, with whom I shared a panel on 15 October 2010 for the Sisters in Crime. But I digress…

Sue Turnbull in her review, A savvy take on Thailand in The Sydney Morning Herald described The Half-Child as “stylish and witty” and describes moi as “an ambitious writer” with “an important point to make.”

Lorien Kay writing in the A2 section of The Age said “[The Half-Child‘s] conclusion is satisfying for its complexity.”

Australian Bookseller and Publisher Magazine said “This is a gripping novel…[that] sweeps along to a satisfying conclusion, with more than a hint of a sequel.”

Karen at Aust Crime Fiction writes “The Half-Child is more assured than the first book, and…a little more relaxed.  There’s great humour, particularly in the personality of Jayne herself, who doesn’t take herself too seriously, and in that of her potential new partner, Rajiv, who provides some much needed patience and sanity in the face of Jayne’s more exuberant behaviour.”

With respect to Jayne, Karen suggests there are “times when you admire her, and times you want to slap her.”  Kath Lockett writing in The Big Issue described Jayne as “someone readers will want to share a beer with” and Sue Turnbull suggests Keeney is “the kind of woman with whom one might go drinking in a gay bar in Bangkok.”

All true.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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