Saturday, April 30, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Dead I Know
Author: Scot Gardner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: May 2011
Aaron Rowe has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense, psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.
You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, 'Steady. We're here to help.' Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper's Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him - his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.
'I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know'. - John Marsden
About Scot Gardner
Scot wasn't born reading and writing; in fact he left school in year eleven to undertake an apprenticeship in gardening with the local council. He has worked as a waiter, masseur, delivery truck driver, home dad, counsellor and musician.
Scot's first fiction for young readers, One Dead Seagull, was published after he attended a writing camp and writing conferences with John Marsden. His many books since include Burning Eddy, shortlisted for a CBCA award and for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, and Gravity, shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award.
Scot lives with his wife and one of three children (the others are grown-ups), a poodle and some chooks in the bush in Eastern Victoria. He divides his time between writing and teaching tech and welfare at a secondary college in Gippsland.
The Dead I Know is the first book I’ve read by author Scot Gardner, so I did not know what to expect and what the style would be like. This book was a well written who dunnit style book about a guy names Aaron Rowe, who has a problem with sleep walking, waking up in strange places.
This book was extremely fast paced and a real page turner with some pretty interesting characters and settings. While many stories using dreams as a method of introducing spice into the story, this one tastefully utilizes this mechanism and really adds to the overall style of the novel.
Great read, have to pick up some other books by Scot now.