Nikki Gemmell utilizes a diaristic second-person narrative to put listeners into the mind of a scientist who has been abducted by her government to finish creating a deadly biological weapon. Her three children wake to find that they have been locked away in a basement to keep them out of harm's way, but the claustrophobia and uncertainty of their situation leave them vulnerable and frightened. It's a tricky set-up and a heady blend of science, religion, war, and motherhood, but Caroline Lee's riveting performance is intense and empathetic, helping to ground the story while still making it a resonant thrill.
Three children wake up in a basement room. They have been drugged and taken from their beds in the middle of the night. Now they are alone. Where are their parents? Who can they trust? The family has been betrayed to the government and Salt Cottage, their home on a cliff top above the ocean, is no longer safe. Their mother's scientific work has put them all in danger. To protect them, she must let them go. She must put her faith in an old family friend - and in her children's own resilience and courage. Searing, provocative and unputdownable, The Book of Rapture is a novel of our time that's every bit as passionate and driven as The Bride Stripped Bare. It will compel, seduce and haunt you.
©2009 Nikki Gemmell; (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Gemmell's latest work will no doubt cement her reputation as a fearless writer unafraid to broach taboo subjects." (Readings)
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