My final read for the Aussie Author Challenge showed great potential. At first, I considered changing the book after I learned the author isn't Australian after all. But, he lives in Melbourne now. And, he's won the Ned Kelly Award which is for Australian Crime Writers, so I stuck with my choice. After all, it seemed like a new series to introduce myself to featuring Sean Duffy, a detective in Northern Ireland. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty showed a lot of promise; unfortunately, it didn't grab me. Maybe, I'd just been reading too many thrillers in a row. But, this one just never drew me into the plot, and the characters never interested me enough into their stories. I did like that the unrest of Northern Ireland played such a role in the story. But, I confess my ignorance; maybe, I'm not knowledgeable enough for all the acronyms thrown around...I got too confused with all the talk about the IRA, RUC, FRU, SF, UCsomethin', etc. And, I didn't care for the ending. 2/5
This challenge introduced me to so many fantastic Australian authors, not only the ones I read, but the others I discovered in searching for books to read and reading others' reviews. Challenge favourites: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, Stolen by Lucy Christopher, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, and All That I Am by Anna Funder.
– Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 2 titles first published in 2014 or 2015.
Authors new to me: