About sarahjwrites

I am embarking on a new adventure and trying to make my way in the world as a professional writer - Science fiction & crime mostly. I also like loads of really boring things like gardening, craft work and baking. Oh and I eat a lot.

July Monthly Review Update

We are over half way through winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, and although the social isolation is scaling back, there is still plenty of reading time. Here is the July review reads list. (You can read the full reviews here: 2020 Book Reviews

**** “12 Daves of Christmas” by Julie Madison

***** “Science Fiction Collection” compiled by Editors of Canterbury

***1/2 “New Witch on the Block” By Lousia West

“Room to Dream” by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna

**** “Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy” by Desiring Boskovich

***** “Veils of Smoke by Sarah Key

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A great read by author Sarah Key

Looking for something to read? Why not try  “Veils of Smoke by Sarah Key

Rating:   ****

Genre: Fiction:  Literary

Sinazo and her sister Nonhlanhla are children of the village, brought up with traditional values and in the harsh natural environment that their ancestors called home. When they witness serial killer Tomas Ndaki murder a woman in the hills near their village, their lives take different directions. Nonhlanhla grows into a strong young woman, winning a sports scholarship to study a degree in Social Work, and Sinazo, haunted by her childhood experiences, sets off to Alexandra Township to seek her fortune as a hostess in a glitzy restaurant in Sandton.

Sinazo thinks her fortunes have changed for the better, when she begins a relationship with wealthy, but married, businessman, who sets her up in a swanky apartment. Things soon turn ugly when she reveals that she is pregnant with his child. The situation is complicated when her lover, contracts the services of Tomas, who has recently escaped from prison. Nonhlanhla senses that something is wrong, and with the help of the University team, who are researching women’s issues and domestic violence, sets out to save her sister.

Key’s novel is a powerful and thought-provoking examination of the real threat of domestic and general violence towards women in South Africa today. Her characters are believable, endearing, and the situations they find themselves in are all too real. Your heart breaks for every “Sinazo” out there with no one to save them. A wonderful and moving read.