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About the Author
Bill East was born in London in 1939. His earliest memories are of the London Blitz, air-raid shelters, rationing & the absence of a father fighting abroad. Despite the war, he has many happy memories of his childhood. Unable to settle on a career path, Bill joined the Merchant Navy as a Radio Officer before marrying a New Zealand girl and migrating to Australia in 1968. He worked in Industrial Sales before starting his own Company (now managed by his eldest son) and has been married for 51 years. Bill lives on Sydney's Northern Beaches and has two sons and four grandchildren. Since 'retirement' Bill reads, walks, kayaks, plays chess, plays the Shakuhachi [Japanese flute], exercises at the gym and 'tunes' his French. And, hey! He has also found the time to write this, his first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File Size : 918 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 302 pages
- Publisher : i2i Publisher (20 February 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01NC2Y5G4
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,161,222 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Australia on 6 October 2017
A complex, disturbing story beautifully and elegantly written. Bill East's insight into the human psyche is extraordinarily. I dare any reader not to be drawn in by East's nuanced observation of human emotions and description of place. I eagerly await the sequel with ... trepidation!?!
Reviewed in Australia on 4 July 2017
Talk about an edgy psychological thriller! I loved the way the female central character arrived, almost pure as the driven snow, then morphed into pale, then mid and on to darker grey - eventually getting her revenge, but at such a price. And the other characters, all dark. The author, obviously a cultured writer, with his love of music and things of the soul, kept me in suspense to the very end. Is there a sequel in the making? I'm up for it if it happens.
Reviewed in Australia on 5 July 2017
I haven't read a book like this before, generally preferring romance and other works of women's commercial fiction, female biography & memoir, but the central character Maddie Trinco intrigued me. Can't say I liked her, or what she did, but I'm pleased she got her own back. I think ....! Mixed feelings, but an interesting read nonetheless. What happens next?
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Dark and challenging novel that delivers with the deliberation of a cannula.Reviewed in the United States on 1 March 2017
Bill East's The Arbutus is a dark and challenging novel that delivers a potent dose of madness, violence and erotic tension with the deliberation of a cannula. Maddie, a woman approaching middle age, returns from England to Peter, the Australian lover she fled many years before. Apparently unhinged and obsessive, Peter confesses to a series of murders at his wooded estate on the outskirts of Sydney. An intricate psychological game of revenge follows: The characters' psyches are built layer by contorted layer; truths are offered and then undermined; the reader teeters on the edge of resolution, only to be pulled back into the game. Plausibility is often stretched to the limit (if the bizarre plot can be called plausible in any way): Is Maddie's androgyny credible? Would Peter really have planned such a spooky endgame? On both counts, the author builds a convincing case for Maddie's weird erotomania and Peter's convoluted creepiness, and in the end, both their fates were easy to believe in. I rummaged in my reading history to find some novels that The Arbutus might echo. For the blending of the macabre and the world of nature (Peter has a thing about trees), I came up with Patrick Süsskind's Perfume. For the exploration of twisted emotions, John Fowles' The Collector and Sebastian Faulks' Engleby came to mind. For gore, Jeffery Deaver's The Bone Collector resonated. In the end, though, Bill East has created his own monsters. Crime thriller? Black comedy? Erotic mystery? Homage to trees? I didn't care as I raced at top speed through The Arbutus.