Inspired by the author’s own family experience.
The Brennans – parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby – have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart to subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they’re still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard, when one morning, tragedy strikes.
In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who’s to blame?
Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah – his innocence lost – faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.
Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.
I’m not sure what my thoughts are on this read. I agree with others about the writing being evocative and the subject matter is certainly powerful. But perhaps the characters were portrayed a little too realistically for me. That is not a criticism. It is a compliment to the author for developing the characters of Bridget, Finn and Jarrah. On that, I did find the POV interesting. Finn’s POV is regular 3rd person. Jarrah is portrayed as a teenager with fragmented sentences (short, sharp, teenage-like, I guess. Eg: Opened door. Sat down. Picked up remote). But Bridget’s 2nd person POV totally threw me. I thought I would get used to it, but reading ‘you’ all the time (Eg: You know you want a drink…. You want to walk over and you feel you…!!!) I just didn’t warm to the style but that may be because I did not warm to the character. I was also thrown by the prologue which I worked out was the young child, Toby, but his descriptions/emotions of the lead up to the incident were that of a grown up. Interesting approach.
60 Seconds certainly is very thought provoking. It is a very important subject and a lesson, and if you like evocative descriptions and prose, this is an intriguing read.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia