My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published by Stephanie Smith, HarperCollins Aus
Kim Wilkins is a brilliant author and this book in particular touched my soul. Its moody and sensual and harsh and also vulnerable, as are the three young women who step into a world of angels and demons with the naivety of children. The story weaves around a contemporary journalist with not enough luck and a bit too much curiosity. As stories are told withing stories, the origins of one of the most famous poems ever written, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, is re-visioned. What a fabulous book!
Kim Wilkins has contrasted a 17th Century paranormal coming of age journey with modern day notions of right and wrong, good and bad, love and loss and finally, compassion. She paints vividly across a landscape that reaches from heaven to hell and back. It’s wonderful, and horrible, a gripping tale beautifully told. Bravo!