Repent at Leisure by Greta Harvey
Synopsis: A pet food shop. Who would have thought it could hide such a murky story of violence and intrigue? Mal would never have taken that lift if he had known his fate. Years later, Cynthia may have even thought twice about embarking on a holiday with her cousin in Brisbane. Naïve and looking for excitement, if she had not been attracted to the handsome Macca, none of it would have happened. A party in a rough rural setting, and disturbing animal noises in the out-of-bounds shed, were enough to send Cynthia for the police. But there was too much at stake for the men to let her get away. Thankfully, her cousin Meg sensed trouble.
This is the latest book by three-time author Greta Harvey. Her other titles are Waiting in Wattlevale and F n B’s House Sitters. I like that the three books are all very different in storyline showing the author’s diversity. These days it’s all the rage to write a series, but why not have really good stand-alone stories that finish before they have the chance to get stale?
And there’s nothing remotely foisty about this book. From the outset, it grabs you and pulls you in. I’m a sucker for anything animal-related, so I loved reading about the pet food business. I’m also an absolute travel junkie, so I like being taken out of our bleak, wet English winter to experience other places worldwide.
The writing is tight and smooth with a pace that leads you by the nose from one page to the next. The dialogue and characterisation are believable, and the description sublime. From a seemingly innocuous beginning, Cynthia finds herself in big trouble. And, when the chips are down, we all want a cousin like Meg. A tense and gripping thriller interlaced with some cracking sparks of humour.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.