Sis­ters look within

Herald Sun - - WEEKEND - SHEL­LEY HADFIELD

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I t may be pos­si­ble to dream up the whole pic­ture from just a few pieces of the puz­zle, but how ac­cu­rate will the pic­ture be? It’s 1982 when sis­ters Sa­man­tha and Ni­cole sur­vive a car ac­ci­dent with their mum, Tina, be­hind the wheel. The story be­gins in the hours af­ter the ac­ci­dent, with the sis­ters sit­ting out­side a pub in Western Aus­tralia’s wheat­belt. Tina, the life of every party, is in­side, while their girls wait out­side for their fa­ther to ar­rive from Perth to col­lect them. The day casts a pall over Ni­cole and Sa­man­tha’s lives — it sig­nalled the end of their par­ents’ mar­riage and raised many ques­tions about Tina’s care for her daugh­ters. The sis­ters have cause to re­flect on the ac­ci­dent and their mother’s life of wine and jig­saw puz­zles when she dies af­ter years of al­co­hol abuse. What Sa­man­tha knows for sure is that their mum was a ter­ri­ble drunk — more con­cerned with spend­ing time with a bot­tle than her own chil­dren. Sa­man­tha has done ev­ery­thing she can to dis­tance her­self from her mother and en­sure she turns out noth­ing like her. But there are many things the sis­ters don’t know about their mum and each other. And Sa­man­tha is more like Tina than she wants to know. This is an easy and en­gag­ing read as well as a re­minder that things aren’t al­ways what they seem. Au­thor Imbi Neeme (above) has also in­cluded some neat ’80s ref­er­ences — how could we for­get Funny Feet ice creams?

VERDICT: WORTH THE DRIVE

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