Author(s): J. P. Pomare
In this propulsive, twist-filled, and haunting psychological suspense debut perfect for fans of Sharp Objects and Room, a seventeen-year-old girl struggles to remember the role she played on the night her life changed forever. For the past two weeks, seventeen-year-old Kate Bennet has lived against her will in an isolated cabin in a remote beach town--brought there by a mysterious man named Bill. Part captor, part benefactor, Bill calls her Evie and tells her he's hiding her to protect her. That she did something terrible one night back home in Melbourne--something so unspeakable that he had no choice but to take her away. The trouble is, Kate can't remember the night in question. The fragments of Kate's shattered memories of her old life seem happy: good friends, a big house in the suburbs, a devoted boyfriend. Bill says he'll help her fill in the blanks--but his story isn't adding up. And as she tries to reconcile the girl she thought she'd been with the devastating consequences Bill claims she's responsible for, Kate will unearth secrets about herself and those closest to her that could change everything. A riveting debut novel that fearlessly plumbs the darkest recesses of the mind, Call Me Evie explores the fragility of memory and the potential in all of us to hide the truth, even from ourselves.
~ An eerie and suspenseful debut novel by Joshua Pomare, I could not put this down. Set in Maketu and Melbourne, the book switches between past and present, only gradually and cunningly revealing further details so that the reader is kept in a state of intrigue right up to the end. The book introduces Kate, a young woman who seems to be confined against her will but apparently for her good, by a man who has her on a strict regime. They both continually refer back to an incident in Melbourne that seems to be the catalyst for why they have ended up in their current situation – there was a traumatic event but Kate is hazy on what really happened. Pomare sums up small town New Zealand very well, and convincingly narrates the story from a young woman's point of view. A fantastic read. Jemma