Trick of the Light
When your world goes dark, where do you find hope?
Imprint: HQ Fiction
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher via DMCPRMedia
About the book
Erica, newly widowed,
is devastated to discover her venture capitalist husband left their
finances in ruins. Determined to save her home while protecting her
teenage daughters, she vows to get back on her feet without letting
them, or anyone else, know the truth.
When her girls head off on a
long-planned overseas adventure, Erica focuses on her much-loved job
behind a makeup counter to keep her emotionally and financially afloat -
although she is troubled by a peculiar encounter at work.
she loses her job, the darkness beckons and Erica's life spirals
downwards, further disturbed by strange occurrences in her house.
Missing objects. Stopped clocks. Noises in the night. Should she doubt
her very sanity? Can she swallow her pride and make herself reach out to
her friends in time? Does she have a choice?
I think Trick of the Light is my favourite Fiona McCallum book to date!
The main character, Erica, was easy to connect with. She had lost her husband and although she was devastated she still insisted her daughters take the extended overseas holiday they had planned. I could understand Erica's push for the girls not to forsake their holiday assuring them that she would be fine. This is a natural parent response protecting your children even though they were adults. Once Erica is alone she soon spirals into a state of severe anxiety.
The story was quite sombre as we follow Erica as tragedy after tragedy befalls her. I found the story line realistic and could appreciate how this series of events could possibly happen to a middle aged woman whose life was previously settled and happy, thus plunging her into a state of despair. I liked that the events were well portrayed in the time-line but were not overly dramatised.
Fiona McCallum includes themes of family and friendship and shows how we don't always include people closest to us in times of need but they are always there to help if given the chance.
I loved the added element of mystery and how the mystery and suspense slowly built adding a compelling element to the story.
Erica's decline is heartbreaking however their is an element of hope as Erica starts to rebuild her life and accepts that she must move on to a new phase in her life.
Fiona McCallum's characters are real life, relatable and strong women that have come through the hard knocks of life and moved forward with a new resilience.
Trick of the Light is a relatable story of growth, changing life plans and moving on in new directions.
4 / 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author
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Fiona McCallum spent her
childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside the small
town of Cleve on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
lives in Adelaide and works full-time as a novelist. She writes
"heart-warming journey of self-discovery stories" - often with a rural
setting, sometimes with a romantic thread and sometimes without. Her
tales tie together her love of animals and fascination with the journey
people go on to find what really makes their heart sing and then follow
their true passions to find happiness, even if it means taking risks and
facing seemingly impossible obstacles.