Author – Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.
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Publisher – Crooked Cat Books
Pages – 123
The Blurb –
Two schemes uncoil—and, very quickly, begin to unravel—on the same day in the Australian town of West Glassport…
Jean Hima isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. First, her husband leaves her. Then, she loses her job as a midwife at the local hospital, over the easily-fixed misplacement of a baby or two…
Now, Jean is sure a snooty real estate agent is blocking her efforts to find a rental in a nice part of town.
Given possession of a batch of incriminating photographs, who wouldn’t begin thinking about a little life-restorative blackmail?
Written in three acts and covering a quarter of a century, The Plastic Seed is an environmental thriller that explores the hypocrisy of some aspects of the philosophy of wellness. This novella is part satire of the human potential movement, and sincere testimony to the ability of humans to face facts when given no choice.
Today is my stop on The Plastic Seed blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review.
My thoughts – This was a very interesting read that covers several themes. Jean is an alcoholic living with her teenage daughter. They live next door to Carlana, who is single and struggling.
Fast forward a few years, Jean is in a horrible job after being dismissed as a midwife and her daughter is in jail, serving a sentence for drugs. Carlana, however, is enjoying life. She now has a daughter and a husband is a hugely successful wellness counsellor. Her books sell well and she promotes a minimalist and basic lifestyle.
She views Carlana as the reason for all of her problems and is overtaken by jealousy as she embarks on a mission to even their lifestyles. Armed with a plan, photographs and a gun can she convince Carlana to make her life better. Well Carlana has plans of her own…
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