Title: Tally Stick, The
Authors: Nixon, Carl
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 286
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Given the lushness of West Coast vegetation, it is no surprise to hear that back in 1978 when the Chamberlain family - John, Julia and their four children - were in an accident, their car was never recovered. So how on earth was it possible that in 2010 the remains of one of the children were found, with evidence that Maurice had lived for four years after the crash. How was this possible and where was the rest of the family? And why was Maurice in possession of a tally stick, indicating that he owed a debt?

Told from multiple viewpoints, this evocative story of adaptation and identity is so believable that it will have you wondering if in fact these events did occur.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Great writing. Very urgent and evocative."

"A very cleverly constructed book. It is totally gripping and compulsive reading."

"Extremely chilling with very harrowing undercurrents. Aspects of it will haunt me for a while. I loved it."

"Well written, cleverly alluding to horrific events without having to spell them out."

"The story is gripping and one continually wants to know 'what happens next'."

"I know this area of South Westland very well and the geography did not make sense. Such a pity."

"A remarkable tale of survival, dominance and family ties."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Medical/Health, Morals/Ethics, Mystery, Relationships, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: STEW 001 2021-12-17 11:58:11
Evocation of atmosphere was skillfully done. Plot development quite compelling - the reader wanted to read on.....

By: TAUR 004 2021-12-13 14:15:39
Everyone thought this book a great read. Gripping and atmospheric. Most read it all at once because they couldn't put it down. Realistic and suspenseful. Descriptive writing put the reader right into the setting.

By: MARTO 004 2021-11-01 11:17:07
Mixed review - some felt a bit 'flaky'. More of a 'short' story. But loved the West Coast aspect.

By: DOUBT 001 2021-09-17 13:39:57
All except one enjoyed this book. We found the book easy to read and difficult to put down. A great storyline which kept you guessing throughout.

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