Bluebottle reviewed by Wendy

Charlie Bright is larger than life, a schemer with big ideas, the life of the party. He is also unpredictable and even slightly dangerous. He has a long suffering wife and three children – Jack , Lou and Phoebe.

The novel mainly takes place at the Bright’s cliff top home that seems to represent the unstable nature of their family life. The timeframe moves back and forth between the Christmas Day/Boxing Day of 1994 and twenty years on. We gradually build a picture of what actually happened and the secrets everyone has been hiding.

Belinda Castles’ writing brings these characters to life and shows us the best and the worst parts of being a family. Another wonderful Australian novel.

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