Fantastic fresh literature!

I just reviewed this book by Erina Reddan. It is absolutely spellbinding. I can’t remember last time I enjoyed a new novel so much … It was one of those books where I knew I would not be able to put it down after two pages. Reddan’s prose is deceptively simple. While the sentences and word-choice might be simple, the story and the characters most certainly are not. The richly textured plot leaves you hungering for more.
Reddan, an award-winning Australian journalist, is married to a Mexican, and apparently Lilia de Las Flores in the novel is based on her husband’s grandmother. Family legend has it that she married and then murdered five men.
The action of the novel may be set in a sleepy and mystical Mexican town, but the two main characters are staunchly Western. This makes it easy for a Western reader to identify with their reaction to the seemingly magical story that enfolds around them.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. I don’t think it is released in the U.S. at the moment, although I could be wrong. It is available from Dymocks in Australia though – the link will take you straight to it. I originally reviewed the book in the Indaily (online version of Adelaide’s Independent Weekly) … feel free to read my original review!

Comment (1)

  1. Erina Reddan

    Hi Chrisin

    A friend of a friend saw your review and another friend found your blog!! Thanks so much for your kind and generous words. It means a lot to me to have somebody like you out there speaking for Lilia’s Secret. It’s such a bizarre thing to spend years writing a book and then send it on its way hoping people will find it and love it and tell others about it. And it’s a real gift that I know that in least one instance this has happened. And on a bigger canvas, it’s incredible and a great thing that you are giving your own time to talk about books and culture and opening other people up to them. Thanks and thanks.

    Erina Reddan

    P.S. I have added your review to my website:


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