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This month we are reading Happy Hour by Jacqui Byron
This month, rather than Ben’s Book Club, we will join Together We Read on Tuesday September 20th, 7.00pm for a chat with the author.
Eventbrite: Together We Read featuring Jacquie Byron Eventbrite
Link Zoom Link: Together We Read featuring Jacquie Byron Zoom Link
About the Book
One woman, two dogs, and a lot of gin: Happy Houris a book about how new friends can become new family, but old friends should never be underestimated. It’s about a woman who decides she’s had enough of life only to learn that’s not her decision to make. It’s about freedom, dependency, grief, and forgiveness. And it’s about getting older but not necessarily wiser, and very rarely nicer. Gin in one hand, paintbrush in the other, Franny Calderwood has turned her back on the world, at least the world she used to know. At 65 her beloved Frank is dead, mowed down by an ice-addled driver.
Franny lives a life of decadent seclusion, until the Salernos move in next door. A troubled but charming trio made up of beleaguered mother Sallyanne, angry teenager Dee and eccentric eight-year-old Josh, the family manage to breach Franny’s fortress, literally and figuratively; it’s hard to enjoy your Tanqueray when someone’s either crying or yelling over the garden fence. In their own way, each Salerno is captivated by their witty, cantankerous neighbour, especially Dee, who admires the older woman’s self-confidence and independence. None of them see the pain lurking behind Franny’s intoxicating (and often intoxicated) screw-the-world persona. Franny’s flamboyant drinking habits lead to trouble, and there is an element of pain lurking behind Franny’s intoxicating (and often intoxicated) screw-the-world persona. No longer defiant, she now seems defeated. The Salernos withdraw just as Franny finds herself in the intolerable situation of needing temporary care.
From the outside the parents of the kindergarten class at Darley Heights primary school seem to have it all. Living in the wealthy Sydney suburbs, it’s a community where everyone knows each other – and secrets don’t stay secret for long. The big date in the calendar is the school’s annual fundraising trivia night, but when the evening gets raucously out of hand, talk turns to partner-swapping. Initially scandalised, it’s not long before a group of parents make a reckless one-night-only pact. But in the harsh light of day, those involved must face the fallout of their behaviour. As they begin to navigate the shady aftermath of their wild night, the truth threatens to rip their perfect lives apart – and revenge turns fatal.
It begins with a small white lie. The kind of lie you might tell to keep your child out of trouble – especially when he begs you to confirm that he came home early last night and has been up in his room ever since. And so you back him up. You give him an alibi. Instead of telling the truth.
A golden summer, and six talented friends are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, and a woman and two children are killed. 18-year-old Megan takes the blame, leaving the others free to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison. Twenty years later Megan is free. Let the games begin.
Hannah Wester, a policewoman in the remote northern town of Haparanda, Sweden, finds herself on the precipice of chaos. When human remains are found in the stomach of a dead wolf, Hannah knows that this summer won’t be like any other. The remains are linked to a bloody drug deal across the border in Finland. But how did the victim end up in the woods outside of Haparanda? And where have the drugs and money gone? Hannah and her colleagues leave no stone unturned. But time is scarce and they aren’t the only ones looking. When the secretive and deadly Katja arrives, unexpected and brutal events start to pile up. In just a few days, life in Haparanda is turned upside down. Not least for Hannah, who is finally forced to confront her own past.
In the wild, coastal town of Merritt, Alex Tillerson and her mother make a shocking find on the beach. The police claim it’s an accidental death but there are whispers of murder and that it is not the first. Bella Greggs was found dead at the bottom of a ravine but drowned in salt water. Maxine McFarlane was pulled from the ocean but with no water in her lungs. Black feathers were found with both bodies but what do they mean? As Alex fights for answers to honour the dead, and to discover why her mother fled town as a teenager, good people keep looking the other way, memories become unreliable and secrets threaten to reveal the past. Alex discovers the truth never dies but it can kill.
With a coveted promotion dangling within reach, the last thing Addy Topic needs to do is waste precious time singing in Rookery Cove’s choir. But when she’s reminded how much music meant to her late mother, she can’t say no… For Stephanie Gallagher, Rookery Cove was meant to be a new beginning in the slow lane. A place where she and her husband can embrace community, parenthood and evenly share the load… Brenda Lambeck is finding her feet after the death of her husband when her best friend convinces her to join the choir. Beloved as a grandmother, Brenda is determined to mend the fraught relationship she has with her daughter, Courtney. But is that even possible when she continues to lie? In the wake of a spectacular betrayal, three women are forced to face the uncompromising truths about the choices that have shaped their relationships with those they love most. The consequences will shatter their lives and all they hold dear. After such a disaster is rebuilding even possible?
A loving husband lost to devastating summer floods. A teenage girl injured during a robbery. Two seemingly unconnected cases that will push a detective to the brink. In Northern New South Wales, heavily pregnant and a week away from maternity leave, Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is exhausted and counting down the days. But a violent hold-up at a local fast-food restaurant with unsettling connections to her own past, means that her final days will be anything but straightforward. When a second case is dumped on her lap, the closed case of man drowned in recent summer floods, what begins as a simple informal review quickly grows into something more complicated. Kate can either write the report that’s expected of her or investigate the case the way she wants to. As secrets and betrayals pile up, and the needs of her own family intervene, how far is Kate prepared to push to discover the truth?