Hej Lyn.......for some days ago, I have read your book "Shattered Reflections". I have been around in Australia with you, driving all those miles. I could really sense the distance you have in your country!!! I've read it just after "Fugue". I tell you, I loved it. You write so like I`m with you.....very exciting , fascinating , emotional.........in the end my eyes filled with tears........you give me a very big pleasure to read it.....Tack.
I never read for relaxation during the day but today I did. I read till I finished 'Shattered Reflections". I can't actually tell what held me enthralled but I enjoyed every page. I love how you have written this book and identified with the settings. I remember those coloured clock traffic lights!
When l first read ‘Shattered Reflections’ l remember being at work watching the clock and working out how long it was before l’d be able to go home and continue reading. I read it too fast wanting to know what would happen next. Toward the end though l suddenly realised that when l finished l would be left in a sort of limbo. What do l do when it’s finished gone, over and done? No more to read. I know the answer is: “Just get another book you ninny!” but l was so attached to the story and the characters in it that it was a real loss when l did finish it.
The second time l read it slower and l found things that l‘d missed the first time because l was so fixated on the main thread of the story. Just get the info and move on.
The third time was the best. l relaxed into it, really took in the details. It was like spending time with your bestie and discovering something new about them (just like that compartment in the desk).
When you love books you hope to be swept away and taken out of yourself and if you read a lot and try different genres you may find surprises you never expect. Obviously not every book you read will fulfil your hopes of transporting somewhere wonderful or mystical or anywhere other than here and now, but when you find one exceptional read you just cannot just read it once. It demands your attention again and again, and maybe even again. I have had that experience with ‘Shattered Reflections’.
Wow Lyn. I have just finished ‘Shattered Reflections’. It had me hooked. I cried quite a lot throughout the book.
While I Can Still Remember:
Have just finished the absorbing read of: mmmmm?? What was it called????? It came to an end far too quickly as I was totally THERE!
I really felt the movement, transmission, sharing of knowledge as they all strived to connect to each other and to feed Piali. Lots of creative writing, descriptions and reality recording all making reading exciting. The terns were especially real and lovely “people” to know. I can see them clearly, rubbing bills and their coal-black eyes.
A friend loaned me your book to take over to Norfolk with me. Lyn, I thought it was simply charming! I loved it. I knew only that the island had been a penal colony and that the Bounty mutineers, or their descendants, had been moved from Pitcairn to N.I. Then I read your book, so learned a whole lot more! Lyn, I loved the whole concept: of the young sapling absorbing all the stories through his roots. An inspiration on your part!
Jo, Atherton Tablelands, Qld
Lyn Duclos took me on a journey of suspense, despair and sorrow to a final destination of joy, happiness and hope.
Its strength is the gripping nature - just got to keep reading to find out what happens. Also the sense of place is brilliant. You must have done your homework for that! Love it. I see it all clearly, and absolutely adore it as a Melbourne person. But anyone anywhere could picture it all. Ditto for the music bit. Love the name of the shop.
Beneath My Skin:
The book ['Beneath My Skin'] gives the reader a nice balance of humor, poignancy, sex and sadness.
Have just this minute finished reading Beneath my Skin! What a read. Funny, sad and oh how I enjoyed all of the characters especially June. Loved it all. When's the next one??
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Lyn Duclos for yet another page-turner! Loved this book.
Just finished re-reading 'Beneath My Skin', it's a great read on many levels: fun, horror, enlightening. great characters. Deep plotting of course. It IS a fabulous story.
Roger, Crib Point, Victoria
I just finished ‘Beneath my Skin’ last night before I fell asleep. I swear, I dreamt about it all night! I’m still thinking about it now. So many questions, so many thoughts. You are such a good writer, Lyn! Once again, I’m spoilt for any other book and will not be able to read anything else for a while. You must write another book…soon!
Liz, Frankston, Victoria