The Windy Season by Sam Carmody

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Publication Date: 1 August 2016

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Genres: Literary Fiction

Pages: 288

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The Windy Season has a mysterious, intriguing plot and a great setting. While the book had some interesting parts, I was not overly invested in it, nor did I connect to it very much.

Paul is a seventeen-year-old living in Perth with his mother and father. While working at his job at a supermarket, Paul’s mother informs him grimly that Paul’s brother, Elliot, has not been seen for a few days. Elliot had been living in the small town of Stark with his girlfriend and worked on a crayfish boat that their cousin Jake operates.

Paul leaves for Stark two months after Elliot was last seen, and takes the same job that his own brother had worked for before he went missing. As the readers learn about Paul’s story, there is also information given about another character named Swiss, who could possibly be Elliot. Swiss is a bikie who is travelling around Australia with the ominous “President”.

Some of the characters were well thought out, such as the German Michael, who becomes Paul’s friend. And the town of Stark is full of intrigue and purpose, which proves it to be a good setting for the story.

My main problem with this book was Paul. I felt as though he lacked depth and I did not feel very connected to him as the main character. His background perhaps could have been spoken about further as I feel I did not really understand him. The action in the book had a greater focus than the thoughts and feelings that Paul had, making some of Paul’s intentions unexplained.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about Australian culture and want a mystery book that is not a thriller. Although the protagonist is seventeen at the beginning of the novel, this book most likely is not a young adult novel and I would not recommend it to younger readers.

I won this novel in a giveaway through Goodreads.

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