I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the beautifully written and thought provoking Someone Is Coming by T. A. Morton. Thank you to Anne Cater and Monsoon Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this unusual but memorable novella.
About the book:
Memories come thick and heavy like the rains that fall in the jungle. Dense droplets wash the leaves and soak into the ground, cleansing the acrid smell of rubber, cleansing the jungle of its sins. I hear my mother’s voice. No more secrets, Philip, I promise. Someone is coming, get ready.
Philip Goundry is 93 and living out his days quietly in a care home in England when a young researcher from Singapore arrives, wanting to learn more about his former life in Malaya for the Singapore archives.
His memory growing fitful, Philip is torn between wanting to unburden himself and staying silent, as he has done all these years, about the sinister and shocking events of his childhood on a Malayan rubber plantation.
The truth, however, has a habit of winning.
About the author:
T.A. Morton is a Singapore based Irish/Australian writer. Previously she has worked as a journalist and Editor for Longman Pearson in Hong Kong. Her short stories have been published in the Lakeview International Journal of Arts and Literature and The Best Asian Short Stories. Currently, she is studying towards her Masters in Crime and Thriller writing at the University of Cambridge.
In February 2020 her novel The Queen, The Soldier and The Girl was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize for fiction. In October 2020 she was shortlisted for the Strand International Flash fiction prize and the Bridport prize. In Autumn 2022 Monsoon Books will publish her novella, Someone is Coming.
She is currently completing a new crime thriller novel.
Her website is: www.tamorton.com
Someone Is Coming by T. A. Morton is an unsettling and thought provoking historical crime novella that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned. It may only be a short read at around 170 pages long but packs a huge emotional punch to the gut nevertheless.
Philip Goundry is 93 and quietly living out his final years in a care home in England. But then Doctor Lin, a researcher from Singapore, arrives to interview him about his childhood on a Malayan rubber plantation. With his memory not as it once was, Philip is torn between keeping silent or finally letting go of the secrets of the past that have haunted him throughout his life. Someone Is Coming is historical crime fiction with a difference, with the story slowly being brought to life by 93 year old Philip as he tries to make sense of the memories that begin to emerge.
Someone Is Coming is an unusual but memorable tale that reveals its secrets slowly. As the memories begin to flood back, the shocking details of what happened to Philip and his family took my breath away, with the final gut wrenching revelation taking me completely by surprise as all the fragmented pieces of Philip’s memory horrifyingly clicked into place at last.
T. A. Morton‘s writing is gorgeous as she weaves a surprisingly tense tale that really does keep you riveted from beginning to end. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it most definitely won’t be my last. A short but powerful read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Someone Is Coming by T. A. Morton is a powerful, thought provoking and tense read that will stay with me for a long time to come.
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