Thursday, 3 April 2008

Review: The Bad Seed by Maurilia Meehan

Maurilia writes with a sharp, bold, experimental pen, and takes her readers into realms at once astonishing and familiar. Carmel Bird

Maurilia Meehan's writing is life to the full - passions, ideas, the immediacy of real, astounding people. Judith Rodriguez

...a shrewd, poignant, tart morality tale that repays a slow, attentive read, however light the bracing prose may appear. Cath Kenneally, The Sydney Morning Herald

Illusions abound from the outset... The subtle mental torture, teamed with Meehan's elegant prose, is captivating. Tony Maniaty, Weekend Australian

Her young daughter has disappeared, sparking a massive murder hunt, and now her husband has gone walkabout in the bush with no plans to return.

Nothing is coming up roses for small-time gardening correspondent Agatha.

So she plants the seeds of a new life in an isolated village … in the dilapidated former home of a renowned witch.

A strange new lover and mysterious visitors from half a world away will not allow Agatha's own ghosts to rest … and her garden produces dark honey and poison as Maurilia Meehan's tale builds to a chilling climax.

Sinister flora and phantoms flourish in this rich and unforgettable work from the pen of the award-winning author of the acclaimed "Performances", "Adultery", "The Sea People" and "Fury".

ISBN: 978-1-905202-12-6

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