I loved this new book by Charlotte Grimshaw, Starlight Peninsula. At bottom, it’s a murder mystery, set in contemporary Auckland. What makes this novel stand out, is the way the author bravely incorporates into the story, barely disguised current politicians, media personalities, and current events. There’s a John Key figure, plus a very appealing John Campbell, and charming Dot-com. Also, characters appear from her previous novel, Soon.
The main character, Eloise Hay, who is falling apart, having had her husband suddenly up and leave her for another woman, and who dreads the thought of being forced to leave her beloved Starlight Peninsula home, (possibly Point Chevalier?), gradually becomes involved in revisiting the accidental death of her former lover.
Charlotte Grimshaw cleverly reveals a darker layer to everyday life in contemporary New Zealand, in vivid contrast to the frivolous concerns at Q TV Studio, where Eloise Hay works.
It’s one of those novels where you puzzle over the action, and the characters, long after you reach the conclusion. Absolutely brilliant! LW
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