I liked The Restorer very much.
I believe the author, Michael Sala has managed to, not only observe and describe the participants in the book but provided very clear descriptions of their surroundings. I’ve never been to Newcastle - short of passing by when on my way to Byron for a holiday, but Michael has managed to allow the reader to hear the dogs barking, see the shipwrecks and infrastructure scattered along the coast. He has also described the hot sultry climate and the passing storms.
In relation to the characters, the image of the fragile son Daniel was clear in my mind and whilst I will never understand a teenage girl, I have come close with Michael’s portrayal of Freya. I can relate to the teenage boys at the party and in the school.
Michael also gave me clear insight into the father Roy who seemed to have no hope to succeed in love. Roy appeared to be clutching at some form of approval but was frustrated by his aggressive behaviour, a regular image of the Australian male in our society.
The last 15 % of the book, (I’m an iPad reader, no pages) was unputdownable!! The combination of Roy’s nagging insecurities, the looming split between Maryanne and Roy, the phone call to the Maryanne’s mother, the party with the - what I thought would be at least the rape of Freya - was thrilling.
For me the murder of Maryanne was unexpected but it should not have been. One woman dies each week in Australia by a male close to her and I didn't see it coming. I was taken aback by the death of Maryanne and I could visualise her body lying on the floor.
Michael Sala has written a relatively short book but it’s thick with graphic descriptions of everyday people in an Australian working class city.
It’s my belief that Richard, next door, was a ghost of the author roaming in and out of the story.
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