This first novel from Australian author Hazel Buchanan engaged me from the start and continued to draw me in.
The protagonist, Laura, initially comes across as confident, ambitious and successful, albeit a little reserved. We soon discover that she is also in denial. As a child, she has apparently witnessed a tragedy that has left significant emotional scars. Laura has trust issues and is clearly unable to commit herself to a long-term, intimate relationship. That becomes an issue when she meets Adam, who is too strongly drawn to Laura to take “no” for an answer. Something about Adam and his persistent interest in her stirs up the past again for Laura. Even though she’s obviously attracted to him, their relationship seems doomed to failure. Adam, presumably because he has suffered his own tribulations, is remarkably patient and committed to Laura. He manages to persuade her to start processing her childhood trauma in the hope that they can move forward together. For Laura that means discovering the truth, no matter how unpleasant it might turn out to be.
Whatever you end up feeling about Laura - and I found my reaction to her changed many times throughout the book - the characters are strong and well developed. There were a few times when I wanted to tell Adam to give up and walk away. He certainly doesn’t have commitment issues! The dialogue is particularly convincing and the story unfolds at a reasonable pace. The book is set in Australia and England, which leads to some interesting contrasts and implied observations. The story was intriguing enough to hold my interest all the way through.
I would highly recommend “Surviving Anna” to anyone interested in this genre.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 507 KB
- Print Length: 334 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mountain Top Press (21 January 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AXIBWC8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 17 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)