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To The Sea by [Dibley, Christine]
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Length: 357 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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To the Sea is the stunning saga from debut author Christine Dibley.

"To The Sea is a call to the sea passed on from mother to daughter... lyrical, evocative and deeply engrossing." Australian Arts Review

A dangerous yearning echoes through generations ...

On a clear summer's day, Detective Inspector Tony Vincent answers a call-out to an idyllic Tasmanian beach house. Surrounded by family and calm waters, seventeen-year-old Zoe Kennett has inexplicably vanished.

Four storytellers share their version of what has led to this moment, weaving tales which span centuries and continents. But Tony needs facts, not fiction: how will such fables lead him to Zoe and to the truth?

As Tony's investigation deepens, he is drawn into a world where myth and history blur, and where women who risk all for love must pay the price through every generation.

For fans of Kate Morton and Alice Hoffman.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (22 December 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Liana TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 February 2017
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The cover of this book is what drew me to it in the first place. I know the saying goes "Don't judge a book by its cover" but why not? It shows thought, imagination, creativity - it literally SHOWS you the book. So then why doesn't the saying "A picture paints a thousand words" applied to a book cover? I mean it is art after all and this book is, in so many words, a piece of art.

The first few pages lays the story out beautifully. Some might say, it was a bit confusing trying to find the link between what the story was about and what it was actually telling you. But I found it to flow quite easily and had no troubles following from one person to another. There's about 5 different people in this story that contribute their history, which I found fascinating - I don't know why people keep saying 4 because there was actually five: Tony (the detective), Tom (Zoe's Grandfather), Eva (Zoe's mother), Sadie (Zoe's older sister) and John (Zoe's father). Although some of it didn't really apply to the question of "where is Zoe and what happened to her" it gave an interesting insight into the people of that family - the one's that knew of the family secret - and how it all functioned.

Christine Dibley, is an fantastically imaginative writer, she entwined the historical fantasy genre with fiction and made it feel so real that it had me caught up in the story as if I were hearing it from the characters themselves. Tasmania was the perfecting setting for this book, as Tasmania itself is a very mysterious "island" with it's own secrets and myths. It made me miss, what once was, my home State and helped me remember the beauty if the place.

My favourite character (as probably is most people's) is Tony.
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This debut novel by Tasmanian author Christine Dibley unfolds at a mixed pace and through a number of different voices.

From the backcover blurb I’d envisaged Zoe’s family offering up various versions of her disappearance which isn’t the case. Everyone is upset, but surprisingly accepting of what’s happened… regretful, but ready to move on. Zoe’s (significantly older siblings) and father expect the worst, but her mother – Eva – believes Zoe to be safe and seems to take solace in the fact she may one day return.

I really liked the time we spend with Tony – with whom I obviously connected – given I think of him as Tony rather than DI Vincent. He’s a complex and interesting lead and we’re offered some insight into his personal life and management style as well as his rise through the ranks to DI while still (only) in his mid 20s.

And then we’re privy to the tales of Eva and her mother, grandmother, great grandmother and so forth, and it’s through these stories however, that Dibley also offers additional layers of context and grounds we readers a little… through references to Irish and Australian history.

There was a lot I enjoyed about this debut novel by Dibley: our lead character Tony who’s enchanted by the enigma that is the schoolgirl Zoe; and the impact our own ‘stories’ (our histories and beliefs) have on us AND our own mental health. I didn’t dislike the fantasy element, though would have been more at home with straight crime fiction. And, though I was glad it eventually came, I probably would have liked some analysis of the family’s reaction to Zoe’s disappearance earlier in the novel.

3.5 stars
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Detective Inspector Tony Vincent is called to a beach house in an idyllic location in the south of Tasmania. It’s summer, and seventeen-year-old Zöe Kennett has vanished. She went snorkelling, family members tell DI Vincent and his team, and she’s disappeared. A search is initiated: perhaps Zöe is alive, somewhere. Family members tell the police she’s a very strong swimmer.

The more questions DI Vincent asks, the stranger the situation appears. No one seems to have a clear recollection of when they last saw Zöe, and no one really seems to have a clear idea of who she was. It’s a large family: surely someone knows something? DI Vincent finds that while most members of the family expect the worst, Zöe’s mother seems to think that one day she might return.

There’s a story here, with many fabulous elements, spanning continents and centuries. It’s a story told through the novel by different storytellers each sharing the information they have, their understanding of the past. It’s a story I like, but just can’t accept. I try to keep fables separate from fact. But while the fabulous elements of the story make me uncomfortable, it’s not my beliefs that matter. In this novel, Ms Dibley provides a present day mystery underpinned by a fable which passes from one generation to the next but to only one person in each generation.

What concerns me most, in this story, isn’t the fable and its impact. It’s fiction: I can suspend disbelief. What concerns me is that non-one in the family seems to know Zöe very well. DI Vincent finds that there was much more to Zöe’s life than any family member seemed to know.

And the ending? I’m not entirely sure what I wanted, but I know I wanted something else, something more.
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