Set in Cann River in Australia’s rugged southern wilderness, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is a tale of a remote town haunted by a legacy, a legacy with ominous consequences.
Gran Parks is stirring. Who will survive? Who will get away? Who will stay?
This is the first book of hers I have read, but it won’t be my last. Her characterisation is brilliant. The book features just a handful of characters, and centres around half a dozen women, most of whom care nothing for the law. It is set in a small outback town...each chapter is told from the viewpoint of one or other of the women. No spoilers, but it’s worth every one of the five stars I’ve given it. Just buy it, it’s brilliant. - Anita Waller
“The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is a very unique, very fascinating but ultimately savage and dark read that I very much enjoyed. If you are a fan of Tarantino movies, you are more than likely going to enjoy this book which starts out a little bit eerie and odd and then turns violent and dark. It was a book unlike any I have read before but I actually really loved it. And the narration was just addictive.” – Big Little Book Reviews
“The Legacy of Old Gran Parks has a wonderfully dark, nasty feel to it…This book is chilling. The women in it don’t mess about…” - BookWormHole
It's Christmas Eve when hapless musician Adam Banks stands on the bridge over the river that cleaves the isolated village of Burton. A storm is rolling into the narrow mountain pass. He thinks of turning back. Instead, he resolves to fulfil his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions. He should be looking forward to it, but fear stirs when he opens the door on the Cabin's incense-choked air.
A stonking read with delicious descriptions – chilling horror (very psychological in places) and perfect prose then this is the book for you. The horror was delivered with sophistication and stealth – so much so that when I wanted to pull back or run for cover I couldn’t. The story telling is masterly and I would class this book as a modern-day classic. Unique-individual-unapologetic. I love that feeling you get when a read has reached every wanton corner of your psyche and cleaned up! Thank you to the author for a truly defining read!” – Amazon reviewer
“The Cabin Sessions is mostly a slow-burn literary mystery heavy with dark edges, while dabbling in moments of suspense and horror. I’ve never read anything quite like it, which says something in itself…Enticing and intriguing and entertaining.” – Eddie Generous, Unnerving Magazine
“I don’t normally ready such dark fiction but found myself gripped in horrified fascination by Blackthorn’s subtle storytelling and accomplished prose. This is a must read for all who like to be profoundly disturbed by their reading. Or for others, like me, who are simply keen to see the best of what this genre can hold.” – Elizabeth Jane Corbett .
When pianist Ginny Smith moves back to her mother's house in Sassafras after her breakup with the degenerate Garth, synaesthetic and eccentric artist Harriet Brassington-Smythe contrives a creative collaboration to lift her daughter's spirits: an exhibition of paintings and songs.
“Isobel Blackthorn is a gifted and insightful writer who has penned this slow burning and intellectually demanding literary read.” Paromjit, Goodreads
“A Perfect Square is a clever, thoughtful literary novel which still manages to have a cracking plot and complex characters. It should appeal to lovers of psychological thrillers too – think artistic Gone Girl.” Kate Braithwaite, author of Charlatan.
“The author, like an artist slowly dabbing paint upon a canvas, methodically yet tauntingly brings to life complex, damaged characters, their pasts, their struggles to relate to each other and the paths they are set upon. I strongly recommend it.” Michelle Saftich, author of Port of No Return
Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo, and together they explore the island.
Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.
“Isobel Blackthorn is a writer who has the skill of creating a scene that places you there. This is often something writers struggle with but not Isobel Blackthorn. As a reader I was not only there, I did not want to leave. I was engaged fully, feeling I could touch, see and smell the place and time.” Jennifer Douglas, Goodreads.
Loved it…. Great characterisations and descriptive work. Especially liked how Isobel Blackthorn explores Ann’s thoughts and emotions. Also, the mental pictures she conjures up of the Cuevas de Los Verdes are particularly authentic and effective. The device of flicking back and forth from present to past action is subtly and deftly handled, never jarring and always advanced the story without seeming extraneous or overdone. Really, well done!!” – Sandie Johnson.
“The Drago Tree is a beautifully crafted, exquisitely written novel brimming with grief and heartiness, pain and joy. Unputdownable from the get-go. The story has all that a good story should have: vibrant characters, a journey of a plot line, a twist at the end. The Drago Tree will take your heart.” -Jasmina Brankovich, writer, activist, social critic.
Seeking asylum from the wreckage of her life, Yvette Grimm arrives in Australia on a holiday visa. She applies for permanent residency with no hope of success. Resisting advice that she marry to stay in the country, Yvette invests her hopes in a palm-reader's prophecy that she will meet the father of her children before she's thirty. She's twenty-nine.
“Asylum is a rewarding read, rather like a meal when you savour every mouthful instead of gulping it down” – Ann Creber
”I am totally hooked and need more. I love it that you give us an English perspective to a subject matter that is so often associated with non-English speaking peoples.” Jasmin Ately (Canberra)
“I couldn’t put it down! You’re a very good writer, not that I’m an expert but I judge by whether a book grips me or I can take it or leave it. Yours gripped tight!” Margo Shaw (Scotland)
After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura - the island of her dreams - her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.
Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.
Someone or something doesn't want her there. But what is really behind the events?
I'd recommend this for a wide variety audience. You need an interest or acceptance of paranormal activity, a curiosity about different cultures and the renovation process, and a love of a good story. Put all those things together and you've got a fantastic read that will show you something you probably haven't experienced -- I'm not sure many have met a ghost, to be honest, which makes this an even stronger concept to dive into. Kudos to the author for making it pop and draw me in. I will definitely read more from this author.
Blackthorn’s writing is best described as graceful and thoughtful. Beautiful details draw the reader into the story and soon you feel as if you are on the island with Claire. Blackthorn is meticulous in the way she unfolds the story, careful not to give things away, but always leaving the reader wanting more. I love getting lost in a book that lets me feel like I’m a part of the journey. Clarissa’s Warning does just that. It’s one of those stories that make you think about the character long after you read the last page.
Shades of Barbara Michaels and Carol Goodman came to mind while reading this book, with characters well developed, including a hunky photographer who makes a most excellent love interest. The protagonist, Claire, is strong, and tho terrified at times while staying in her crumbling house, whose doors and furniture have minds of their own, she is determined to rebuild and live there and thus preserve the oft vanishing history around her. No weenie is Claire! Grab your blankie and vino and have a good evening sit with Claire, and I will nab some more of her books and read away.
From the acclaimed author of The Drago Tree comes a riveting thriller about survival, revenge and long-hidden secrets.
When local Lanzarote anti-corruption activist, Celestino, is T-boned on a lonely stretch of road, he knows the collision was no accident.
Wounded and fearing for his life, he hides in an abandoned fishing village, waiting for a chance to make it home. Meanwhile his wife, English expat Paula, is distraught. Her pursuit of answers is deflected when her neighbor, troublesome retiree Shirley Mobad, co-opts Paula on her escapades around the Canary Islands.
Paula’s search for her husband quickly descends into mayhem, danger and intrigue. Before long, she realizes she’s being followed. She needs answers, and fast.
But where is Celestino, and will he ever make it back alive?
"A Matter of Latitude simmers with danger, betrayal and treachery, drawing the reader into the island’s history of shady dealings and uneasy relationships between natives, tourists and expats... Isobel Blackthorn has crafted an atmospheric and setting-rich novel with alluring lyrical style." – Sandi Wallace
he mystery and intrigue are outstanding. Although it took me a bit to get used to Ms. Blackthorn’s writing style, once I was there the story seemed to bound off the pages and formed such a beautiful picture. The conclusion and the character growth were so perfectly executed. I recommend this book to those with a more mature love of mysteries.” – Jen, for Baroness’ Book Trove
What a wonderful tale the author has woven on what most people view as nothing more than an idyllic holiday destination in the Canary Islands. In this well-crafted mystery, we are gradually exposed to a far-reaching Web of corruption on the island of Lanzarote.
Librarian Heather Brown discovers the fascinating life of Alice Bailey - a long forgotten occultist.
Back in 1931, Alice is preparing to give a speech at a Swiss summer school. But how can she stave the tide of hatred and greed set to bring the world to its knees?
Soon after, Alice is put on Hitler's blacklist. What she doesn't realize is the enormity of her influence to the world, and the real enemies who are much closer than she thinks.
A dynamic and complex figure, Alice Bailey’s reach was huge. She was influential among people and organizations of global power, especially the United Nations, and is widely regarded as the Mother of the New Age.
Yet today she is maligned by fundamentalist Christians, Theosophists, Jews, academics and above all, by conspiracy theorists. Are any of these groups justified in rejecting the unlikely occultist?
“Blackthorn’s exploration of Alice Bailey’s life and work provides a unique and intimate insight into Bailey’s life and the times in which she lived. For anyone seeking to explore the roots of Bailey’s influence on the New Age movement as well as her unsought role as the bête noire of the conspiracy scene, there’s no better place to begin.” - Aaron John Gulyas, associate professor and author of Conspiracy Theories
If you haven't read Alice Bailey's unfinished autobiography, you can skip it and read this book instead. If you have read the autobiography and want to know more, this book helps finish Alice's story, and highlights the many ways in which Alice's work, both on her own and as the amanuensis for The Tibetan, continues to influence spirituality, psychology, astrology, healing modalities, consciousness studies, and many other aspects of modern thought. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The literature was stunningly written. Alice’s story and life were not easy. Raising three children alone after separating from her husband was truly delicately transcribed. What did exist was a blend of realness and fiction, which at times, made it inseparable.
A regular Sunday night in a Las Vegas strip club is rocked when a local oddball dies mysteriously, during his private dance. Amber falls immediately in lust with the hot paramedic who arrives, and follows him outside, anticipating sizzling romance. But, her casual encounter quickly descends into a terrifying, twisted nightmare from which she is unable to escape. Five days later, and it’s Lana’s next shift at the club; she’s a fly-in-fly-out stripper paying her way through law school - she’s also Amber’s best friend. Where is Amber? And what about the dead client? Was it an accident? Suicide? Or murder? Finding neither the police, nor the club are taking much interest, Lana conducts her own inquiries, even though she finds herself the victim of a social-media hate campaign, and an ex-boyfriend who is sending her death threats. She’s desperate to uncover the truth about the death, but the person she most needs to speak to is Amber, who has failed to show up for her shift yet again... Lana is thrust into a web of lies and deceptions she is determined to unravel, in which everyone is a suspect.
An addictively dark, psychological thriller laced with steamy romance, mystery, action and suspense; Twerk exposes the working lives of Las Vegas dancers behind the glamor - the challenges, the rewards, and the deadly risks.
The high-grade suspense in Twerk isn’t the most important ingredient that makes this novel special. It’s the candidness with which Mrs. Blackthorn writes about the way the sex workers of the bar "Hot Foxies" think and feel when they’re dancing seductively around their poles, or about their relationship with their own bodies, and the differences in using sexual power between men and women.
Twerk wasn't quite what I expected, and it's probably better for it. It's a dark, violent, sometimes romantic thriller, with some interesting insights into the human side of adult entertainment, with one of the best villains I've come across in a while. I've seen some reviewers complain about motivations, but I completely get them. Besides, madness is a motivation all its own.
Twerk Is Tit-tilatingly good and Ass-toundingly fun. Like most men, I enjoy having my prurient interests aroused, and this novel did not disappoint. I am loath to give away any part of a story’s plot. Trust me that this is a good one. It has it all: murder, intrigue, violence and yes, lots of sex. Ms. Blackthorn writes well and seems a master (mistress? – just trying to keep in the spirit of things) of the slow build. No premature climax here (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Most importantly to me, she writes clearly. Beyond all that, the novel does something unique; it documents a stripper’s job and what it’s like to live the life. Get this.