Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Portraits of Celina

Portraits of Celina by Sue Whiting (Walker Books)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781922077479
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

The multi-talented Sue Whiting has produced a riveting read full of intrigue and mystery. The outstanding cast of characters in perfect co-ordination with the excellent writing and exceptional storyline sends the reader spiralling through a ghostly tale of murder and retribution.
The spirit of Celina who has been dead for over forty years, has invaded Bayley’s life. Bayley is identical in appearance and the same age as the dead girl when she disappeared. The opening of an old trunk containing Celina’s clothes releases hidden secrets and unspoken of mysteries.

 What does Celina want of Bayley? How can she go about solving a forty year old mystery and getting justice when she’s struggling to cope with a desolate mother who has lost the plot, an older sister who is bent on self-destruction, and a younger brother who needs her as the family grieves over the accidental loss of a father.

This is an extremely well-crafted novel that will keep the reader turning the pages from the first sentence to the last word as it exposes portraits of Celina, and the role that Bayley must play in freeing her. 

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