The Richman's House begins deceptively slowly with a description of the geology of the area of southern Australia and its volcanic history. But this description is a vital part of the story, which overlays story on story until it culminates in an explosive and shocking ending which remains with the reader long after the book is completed. The characters of Rita and of Richman himself linger in the mind of the reader, as does the extravagance of the House, but it is the Rock itself and its Presence that dominates and haunts the tale. This is the novelist's last novel before his untimely death, but he has created a fitting memorial which will keep his name alive in memory.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It started with real promise. A fascinating and imaginative plot, strong characters, and easy to read. But, around half way through I began to lose interest. It seems to be full of writing for writing sake where words flow seemingly just to fill pages and not add much value. A lot just seemed to be repetitive. So, in short, I have ended up being disappointed. One other point and I do understand the need for finishing the book but there are a lot of simple spelling or grammatical errors which should have been caught by the editors. Cannot recommend this book but of course there are many opinions and mine is only one of them.