Golden Deeds by Catherine Chidgey

At the end of May, we went to New Zealand to visit some friends.  Our friend took us to visit their best independent bookstores, probably because my husband forced him.  We visited a store called The Piggery, and I discovered a section of New Zealand authors, so I decided to pick one up so I could check New Zealand of my list, and Golden Deeds was the one that captured my attention.

The blurbs on the back about the author all seemed very positive (as they usually are) but when I came home, the reviews on Goodreads weren’t that great.  But no turning back.  This is one of those stories that tells several stories that somehow connect up. Patrick Mercer, an Englishman, leaves his wife one day, and at some point is involved in an accident and is a coma.  Collette, a university student in New Zealand, receives letters with updates on his condition, but doesn’t know who he is.  Another family are living with their grief after their teenage daughter went missing and was never found again.  Everyone is on some sort of journey.

I love a book that tells several stories that connect together in some unexpected way. I enjoyed journeying with these characters. But then it ends.  I was disappointed, because I was hoping the mystery of the missing daughter would be solved. We were on the brink of discovery.  No satisfaction at all.  Some people prefer endings like that, but I’m not a fan. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this novel.  However it was kind of cool to read a book set in a similar area to where I had just visited.  It does help the imagery come to life in your mind.

Do you have any recommendations for authors from New Zealand?

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