Blood Junction

Blood Junction[Reading] ➰ Blood Junction ➸ Caroline Carver – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger, CJ Carver s debut thriller is a dark and gripping story set in a town with a pitch dark legacy of bloodJournalist India Kane s trip to the Australian outback takes a ho Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger, CJ Carver s debut thriller is a dark and gripping story set in a town with a pitch dark legacy of bloodJournalist India Kane s trip to the Australian outback takes a horrifying turn when she arrives in the town of Cooinda to find that her best friend Lauren is missing Seemingly no one knows what has happened to her, but it s not long before India finds herself arrested for a double murder that she didn t commit, caught up in the dark past of a small town hiding a devastating truth one that could destroy a family, a friendship, and a nationSet in the unforgiving landscape of the Australian outback, Blood Junction won the CWA s Debut Dagger and is CJ Carver s powerful and compulsive thriller about a woman on the run from a brutal killer, as well as from her own past. I picked this up to read a couple of chapters in the bath Then I found myself halfway through and the bath water was cold I think that means that I m finding it a pretty captivating story so far India Kane s car breaks down in the outback when she s on her way to meet her best friend She gets a ride into a small outback town and is almost immediately arrested for the murders of both her best friend and the man who picked her up on the road Carver seems like a good writer so far both the se I picked this up to read a couple of chapters in the bath Then I found myself halfway through and the bath water was cold I think that means that I m finding it a pretty captivating story so far India Kane s car breaks down in the outback when she s on her way to meet her best friend She gets a ride into a small outback town and is almost immediately arrested for the murders of both her best friend and the man who picked her up on the road Carver seems like a good writer so far both the settings and the characters seem real though I m finding the names confusing she has at least a Jeremy, a Jerome and a Jed who might be one of the first two and she also switches from using first names to using surnames when you haven t quite got the hang of them The plot has echoes of Sara Paretsky as everything seems to tie back to corruption within the local big industry On a first half showing this is good stuff Two of the criticisms I have heard about this book are that there are too many coincidences and that there are some plot believability problems Now I ve finished the book I can see where the plot believability concerns come from Part of the ending of the book is a stretch of scientific credulity I wasn t too bothered by it, this is fiction after all, though I d have liked a littlefeasible scientific explanation to back up the story On the coincidence count, I may have missed something but most of the possible coincidences I saw were well explained by the story I found the plot a bit outsize for the book which may just be my way of dealing with the believability problems but on the whole I found it solid and I enjoyed the book I don t know if Carver plans to writebooks about India or if she plans to leave this as a standalone book but I plan to watch out for whatever she writes next I read this book with my credibility factor firmly suspended It would appear that in the outback you can get arrested and slung in jail on the flimsiest of evidence and people can sneak food into your jail cell as well Im afraid I just could not believe the plot or the high incidence of coincidence and although it was ok as a light read I felt the Aboriginal element could have been handled better and at times felt I was reading an old fashioned Mills and Boon he hates her she hates him scena I read this book with my credibility factor firmly suspended It would appear that in the outback you can get arrested and slung in jail on the flimsiest of evidence and people can sneak food into your jail cell as well Im afraid I just could not believe the plot or the high incidence of coincidence and although it was ok as a light read I felt the Aboriginal element could have been handled better and at times felt I was reading an old fashioned Mills and Boon he hates her she hates him scenario but we all know how it will end up I felt very little sympathy with the main character and very little connection with the storyline All in all a disappointing read and I dont think I will be bothering with the sequal 4 41 2 star read I discovered Caroline Carver recently and am now determined to read all her books This book is the first of her two India Kane series India is a journalist who returns to her home country of Australia and becomes enmeshed in a story in the Outback When her friend and another person are murdered, India is arrested for the deed and has to try to figure out who killed them and why This leads to a much bigger story with much adventure along the way A real page turner. Blood Junction was a intriguing read India Kane travels to the Outback desert town known as Blood Junction, she is implicated in two murders Now trying to find answers to the crimes, she begins to trust a ex cop who has been out casted Have to say this kept me going, wandering what was going on It takes on tell about the last 100 pages from the end of the book for things to start coming together This book has a unique heroine and rich atmosphere. Debo reconocer que me engancho desde el principio Un libro, donde la accion nunca decae, corremos con India durante todo el libro y nos vamos asombrando de sus descubrimientos.Fue el primer libro de esta autora, y sin duda un debut buenisimo.Un libro corto, que se lee en un suspiro y mas cuando la accion se mantiene siempre. Explosively grippingCarved out it all in this book Tense,thrilling, and a little Aboriginal history Love, love this book Read through the night A great ride. In the beginning of the story, the reader becomes aware of the horrific manner in which the area got its name Forty years ago, an entire family of Aborigines were massacured at this spot Thereafter, the area became known as Blood Junction.In the present day, reporter India Kane travels to this outback area in Australia to meet her friend, Lauren, for a mini vacation India s car breaks down in a desolute part of the desert and she gets a ride into town from Terence Dunn.The next morning, while In the beginning of the story, the reader becomes aware of the horrific manner in which the area got its name Forty years ago, an entire family of Aborigines were massacured at this spot Thereafter, the area became known as Blood Junction.In the present day, reporter India Kane travels to this outback area in Australia to meet her friend, Lauren, for a mini vacation India s car breaks down in a desolute part of the desert and she gets a ride into town from Terence Dunn.The next morning, while at breakfast, the police storm in and arrest her for the murder of Dunn and her friend Lauren After being arrested, the police attempt to coerce a confession through barbaric methods Indie maintains her innocence and is finally permitted to leave the jail after a stranger posts bail.After she has been released, India, former policeman, Mickey Johnson and Det Jeremy Whitelaw, an Aborigine, investigate the killings.Through the complex plot and with many suspects, the story is revealed that a scheme is at work to eliminate the entire Aborigine race Although hard to believe, the author provides such facts in a manner that makes the scenario believable.The hunt for the killers is tense and keeps the reader at seat s edge We also learn that there is a secret of why India was asked to come to this area This secret centers on much of the story.I enjoyed the plot and the author s description of the land and people India is an interesting character, brave and determined Mickey Johnson was also a refreshing character Carver deftly weaves Australian history and the plight of the Aborigines through a modern tale of murder, conspiracy and racism in this, her first novel India Kane is taking a vacation from her journalism job in London to return to her childhood home of Australia She is meeting a friend who has uncovered some of India s long lost relatives Just as she arrives in the remote outback town in which she is to meet her friend, she is suddenly arrested for murder What she uncovers while investigati Carver deftly weaves Australian history and the plight of the Aborigines through a modern tale of murder, conspiracy and racism in this, her first novel India Kane is taking a vacation from her journalism job in London to return to her childhood home of Australia She is meeting a friend who has uncovered some of India s long lost relatives Just as she arrives in the remote outback town in which she is to meet her friend, she is suddenly arrested for murder What she uncovers while investigating her friend s death might get her killed as well.It was difficult to connect with these characters in the beginning of the book India can sometimes seem abrasive and caustic, snapping at people who are trying to help and not letting anyone get close to her, but we soon learn there are some good reasons for her to behave this way Unfortunately, her investigative companion and possible love interest comes off as irritating and rude at first, which doesn t help to hold the reader s interest Fortunately the plot is strong and fast paced, keeping the reader interested despite the unsympathetic main characters By the end, the reader is deeply invested, particularly as India comes to explore her roots In fact, I would have liked fortime to have been spent on that following the climax of the suspenseful storyline Still and all, this is a solid first effort from Carver, evidently well researched and very well written This was Carver s first novel and it is a cracker The story begins with the event behind the title when a group of Aborigine men are attacked and killed in cold blood in a small town set deep in the Australian outback This sets the scene for continued blood shed in this area years later as a pharmaceutical company takes racism to a whole new level Thrown into this is India Kane a journalist on a journey to discover her long lost family with the help of her life long friend Lauren Following t This was Carver s first novel and it is a cracker The story begins with the event behind the title when a group of Aborigine men are attacked and killed in cold blood in a small town set deep in the Australian outback This sets the scene for continued blood shed in this area years later as a pharmaceutical company takes racism to a whole new level Thrown into this is India Kane a journalist on a journey to discover her long lost family with the help of her life long friend Lauren Following the gruesome murder of her friend along with a local cop India is charged with murder and left to battle against the charges and the immense power of the pharmaceutical company with the help of ex cop Mikey Carver has created a complex yet readable storyline, which has very realistic overtones and the kind of power hungry disciminates that all too occasionally pop up in the real world Overall a good thrilling read that twists and turns just enough to keep you guessing without confusing you completely This novel deservedly received good reviews and award recognition I will not repeat the story line provided in other on line reviews except to say, we selected to read this book aloud because of our plans to visit down under and wanted to learn something of the aboriginal white cultures of Australia The story is a compelling mystery and thriller that brings the reader back in time to both the 1950 s of remote western Australia The story provides insights into how ancient Aborigines think This novel deservedly received good reviews and award recognition I will not repeat the story line provided in other on line reviews except to say, we selected to read this book aloud because of our plans to visit down under and wanted to learn something of the aboriginal white cultures of Australia The story is a compelling mystery and thriller that brings the reader back in time to both the 1950 s of remote western Australia The story provides insights into how ancient Aborigines think and behave and how whites and aborigines co exist in this timeless land The writing is good hence the reading is easy The story is compelling, exciting, mysterious and yet moves quickly and with sufficient detail to enable us to understand the principal characters Without giving the plot away, a murder in which the main character is unjustly accused, is the central theme, but subthemes include aboriginal white synergies and conflicts reminiscent of anglosaxon history in North America A fascinating read John Pizzimenti