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Reviewed by Emma Kingston
Still Waters is a story about two people living on opposite side of the world, whose tumultuous upbringings eventually brings them together. Both hark from tragic backgrounds, defined by the loss of someone close to them. Mal Chandler, a young Australian who has yet to find his place in life, travels to England to do his bit for the war effort, leaving behind a shaded childhood overshadowed by an abusive father whom he loved despite his faults and a tragic accident that left him guilt ridden. In contrast, Tessa had a happy childhood with a loving and protective father, but as she gets older, she seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother’s untimely death and a dream that haunts her.
When the war begins all of the characters are forced to learn quickly about sacrifice, suffering, camaraderie, friendship, and the many different guises in which love presents itself.
I found Still Waters quite difficult to get into to begin with; whilst I quickly warmed to Tess’s story, it took me longer to become enthralled by Mal’s journey. A few more chapters in though, I couldn’t wait to find out how their stories would merge together.
Judith Saxon (writing as Katie Flynn) writes beautifully with a clear warmth and feeling for her characters, which ensures that they are well developed and allows the reader to really get under their skin. It was a great holiday read and I would certainly read more by this author.