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A Child's Book of True Crime. (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Chloe. Hooper (Author)

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Title:A Child's Book of True Crime.
Authors:Chloe. Hooper (Author)
Info:Scribner (2002), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 224 pages
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A Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper (2002)




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I couldn't get past page 72. ( )
  wrichard | Nov 16, 2012 |
not my cuppa with the weird animal story and the affairs
  Kaethe | May 23, 2008 |
I bit confusing. ( )
  Djupstrom | Apr 26, 2008 |
Pulling you inexorably closer from the first page, Chloe Hooper delineates the feelings and fears of a small Tasmanian community, still touched by a crime that left one woman dead and another missing, never to be found. Strange inconsistencies haunt those left to remember the events of that night. For instance, if Margot stabbed to death her husband’s young lover, Ellie Siddell, and all the facts point to her guilt, why was there not a trace of blood in the car she supposedly drove afterwards to Suicide Point? There she is thought to have stepped out of her shoes and into the dark, swirling air, to tumble into the sea below, but her body was never recovered.
If this sounds like a straightforward whodunit, it certainly is not. It’s also a treatise on infidelity, but teasingly so, with not a spare adjective or one false note. A parallel story begins several years later, when a provocative young teacher, Kate, joins the staff of the local primary school and the town’s married lawyer begins to take an inordinate interest in the education of his young son. Events rapidly take a somewhat predictable turn that ends – well, it would be wrong to spoil the suspense, except to say it is not a predictable book. It is beautifully written. Not all readers will appreciate the passages that give the commentary of the animals, some of which are extinct, but they’re not cute - not at all. .
The novel is also partly about women (and girls) as victims, but don’t let that put you off. There is no lecturing or polemic, but a cleverly poised subversion of expectations. Slightly unhinged, perhaps, but a deliciously entertaining read. ( )
  Eily | Apr 2, 2007 |
Kangaroos and wallabies litter the roads and are hunted for pet food, bridal parties take formal pictures in front of dilapidated penal colonies, and children play at being transported prisoners.

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Penzler Pick, February 2002: Chloe Hooper has chosen to explore the dark terrain of obsession in this, her first novel.

Kate Byrne teaches fourth grade students in Tasmania, the large island off the mainland of Australia. Young, awkward, and not very self-assured, Kate becomes involved in an affair with Thomas Marne, the father of one of her students, Lucien, a charismatic but withdrawn youngster. Kate worries about him and the dark nature of some of his drawings, and she worries that Lucien may be having problems with his mother, Veronica, and her career as a bestselling true crime writer.

Veronica's book is currently on the bestseller list and she is busy promoting it. The book, Murder at Black Swan Point, tells the story of one of the most notorious crimes in the area. In 1983 a young woman, Ellie Siddell, was brutally murdered by the wife of the man with whom she was having an affair. The wife's car was found at the edge of a cliff, and it was commonly believed that she threw herself off it, although her body was never found. Years later, Veronica was able to interview the husband before he died, and this interview, as well as some of the crime scene evidence, is explored in her book. She feels that there may be another explanation for the murder of Ellie and the wife's subsequent disappearance.

Kate finds herself both charmed and appalled by Veronica when she visits her son at the school, but Kate also becomes obsessed with the murder and finds herself drawn to Black Swan Point. As the details of Ellie Siddell's death are slowly revealed and the affair between Kate and Thomas gets more obsessive, it becomes obvious that history may repeat itself.

The action pauses throughout A Child's Book of True Crime for an account of the murder at Black Swan Point written for children, with animals indigenous to the continent of Australia taking the parts of the people involved. It is not until the end of the novel that we find out who is writing this story and why. Kate also involves her students in discussions involving everything from the meanings of words to ethical questions concerning behavior and whether actions have consequences.

One of the strong points of the narrative is the description of Tasmania and its history. Like much of Australia, Tasmania was a penal colony, and the history of the region involves the lives of the convicts. Children visit the prisons on field trips. The animals they encounter play a part in their everyday lives and are also very different for the non-Australian reader, making this not only an eerie read but also an instructive one. This is a story guaranteed to stay with you long after you've closed the covers. --Otto Penzler

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While having a passionate affair with the father of Lucien, one of her brightest students, Kate Byrne learns that Lucien's mother has just published a novel about the brutal murder of a young adultress that occured twenty years ago.

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