Arcadia by Di Morrissey

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Description

A modern mystery born in a timeless Tasmanian forest from Australia’s favourite storyteller, with new novel The Last Paradise out now.

In the 1930s, in an isolated and beautiful corner of southern Tasmania, a new young wife arrives at her husband’s secluded property – Arcadia. Stella, an artist, falls in love with Arcadia’s wild, ancient forest. And when an unknown predator strikes, she is saved by an unusual protector…

Two generations later, Stella’s granddaughter, Sally, and her best friend, Jessica, stumble over Stella’s secret life in the forest and find themselves threatened in turn.

What starts as a girls’ adventurous road trip becomes a hunt for the story of the past, to solve the present, and save their future…

A breathtaking Tasmanian tale of ancient forests; of art and science; of love and, above all, of friendship.

My thoughts

The plot was good. I enjoyed the environmental and ecological messages. I liked the characters and the setting. Points were lost for me because there was so much filler that it blurred the actual story, and lots of dialogue that seemed to serve no purpose. If the filler was removed and the story allowed to shine I would have enjoyed it more. I think the book could stand to lose about 100 pages.

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