“We should always stay by the side of truth, we all have been taught this. But is it really as easy as said??”
‘Hinterland‘ by L.M. Brown is the story of the unconditional love of a father for his daughter. Nicholas’s whole life revolves around his five-year-old daughter Kate. Whenever he will be getting some time, he will dedicatedly invest himself to take care of his daughter and his wife, Kathleen. Kathleen’s distressed condition ultimately made the whole family dysfunctional. Inspite of all the odds, Nicholas was continuously functional and available for the love he has for his daughter. Little did he was aware that one unfortunate event and his judgment on that, will make her beloved daughter run away.
Nicholas’s life is all about driving taxis and taking care of his daughter whom he adores. Kathleen, the wife of Nicholas, is schizophrenic and that is further increasing the troubles of Nicholas as he felt that he is left behind with another child to take care of. One fine day, after the occurrence of certain events, Nicholas’s old friend, Ina shifted next door and that contributed to further supporting Kathleen suspicion of Ina and Nicholas. Already unstable Kathleen, unable to handle all this committed something unfortunate and suddenly vanishes from everyone’s life, leaving poor Kate behind. Kate was all confused about her mother’s whereabouts but Nicholas hides the truth from Kate about Kathleen. He can not bring himself, to tell the truth about Kathleen’s last day, until Kate runs away, and he is left with the realization that his silence has torn everyone apart.
I really like the narration part and the mixing of thriller elements into a family drama. Lorna has done a very good job of making everything suspicious until the last part of the book and I can definitely say that Hinterland is all about it’s ending. I really loved how this emotional family drama ended. Apart from everything good, one thing that didn’t work for me was the pace of the story. The pace was really very slow for more than half of the book. Apart from that, it was a really enjoyable read.