A lovely welcome to the blog today for Melanie Joosten and the tour for her new novel, Gravity Well which was released by Scribe on 10th May 2018.
Thanks to Scribe and Melanie, I have two copies of Gravity Well to give away.
If families are like solar systems ― bodies that orbit in time around one another, sometimes close and sometimes far away ― what is the force that moves them? And what are the consequences when one planet tugs others off course?
Lotte is an astronomer who spends her nights peering into deep space rather than looking too closely at herself. Returning to her hometown after years abroad, and reeling from a devastating diagnosis, she finds that much has changed. Lotte’s father has remarried, and she’s estranged from her former best friend, Eve. Initially, Lotte’s return causes disharmony, but then it is the catalyst for a much more devastating event ― an event that will change Lotte and Eve’s lives forever.
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My verdict on Gravity Well:
From the moment I got sent this book I was intrigued by it. Anything to do with stars, space and astronomy fascinate me.
Lotte and Eve have been friends for years but are now estranged. After the death of her mother from cancer, Lotte doesn’t really see her father anymore either. Leading a fairly lonely life, it is just her and her job as an astronomer until some news means that she has to return to Australia and face the things she left behind when she went to work in Chile.
Lotte and Eve’s relationship goes through many stages in this book which I think will be relatable to many people. They are both very different and interesting people whose lives have remained connected but have also gone off in very different directions.
Without giving too much away, I had a sense from the beginning that this book was building toward something that would be a life-changing, tragic event which would affect everyone in the novel. The suspense of this is distributed well through the plot of the book and I found myself reading well into the night.
I wasn’t sure how it was all going to fit together; the plot has many twists and turns that kept me turning the page.
Gravity Well has a compelling and certainly emotional storyline and Melanie Joosten’s skill for story telling really pulled me into the book and propelled the plot along.
This book is definitely one of the best novels I have read this year and if you’re looking to discover a new author, I fully recommend you pick up a copy of this novel. I loved it.
I look forward to see what Melanie does next.
Melanie Joosten is a writer and social worker who lives in Melbourne. She is author of the novels Berlin Syndrome and Gravity Well, and the nonfiction essay collection A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), a Master of Arts (Editing) and a Master of Social Work. She works in social policy in the areas of seniors’ rights and elder abuse.
Melanie’s first novel, Berlin Syndrome (2011) saw her named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome was released as a film in 2017 starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, with a screenplay by Shaun Grant and directed by Cate Shortland.
For more information about Melanie, visit http://www.melaniejoosten.com
Gravity Well was released by Scribe on 10th May 2018 and is available in most UK book shops and online. Click to view on Amazon UK.