Two enthralling books
Hattie Hoffman knows the power of acting – that becoming whatever your audience wants you to be will make them love you and give you power. In Mindy Mejia’s The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman Hattie is stabbed and killed on the opening night of her high school play. As Sheriff Del Goodman investigates he discovers the full extent of Hattie’s acting talents – the shifting identities that held their small town in thrall. As mask after mask is ripped away, Del realises the girl he thought he knew was a lie and what he finds out about the true Hattie is something no one in town will ever forget. Quercus, R302 • A forbidden wartime romance is the central theme of Barbara Mutch’s The Girl From Simon’s Bay. In1937 Simon’s Town is a vibrant, diverse community which revolves around the Royal Navy shipyard. Louise Ahrendts, the daughter of a shipbuilder, dreams of becoming a nurse. She succeeds, despite living in a world of unwritten, unspoken rules about colour. Following the outbreak of World War II, Louise crosses paths with a man she is determined to be with, despite the obstacles of life and conflict. But when a new troubled moment of history dawns, can they find their way back to each other? We loved this truly touching, extremely well researched story. Allison &Busby, R297.