Matthew and Diane Ames are living a normal suburban life in Brisbane. Having met at university as engineering students, they are one of those rare couples whose marriage is still solid after more than a decade together (and four children). Known as a happy and very positive person, Matthew is not unduly worried when he begins suffering flu symptoms back in 2012. Still well enough to go to work, he does visit the doctor but is told it is nothing too serious. However as the days go by, he is starting to feel worse. So much so that he visits a hospital emergency department, where he is once again sent home. Then things go downhill fast and on his next hospital admission doctors finally realise Matthew is seriously ill.
Over the past five years Jaye Ford has become Australia's first lady of the psychological thriller and she certainly doesn't disappoint in her latest novel Already Dead.
Miranda Jack (Jax) has had a rough year following the death of her journalist husband Nick. Needing to get some stability back in her life for both her own sanity and the wellbeing of her daughter Zoe, Jax is moving from Sydney to Newcastle to live with her Aunt Tilda. Yet just as she is about to hit the road north a random, terrifying incident sends her life into a frightening new trajectory.
Caitlin and Colby are an unlikely match. An Australian girl from the wrong side of the tracks Caitlin left school early and picks up work where she can, including topless waitressing when the need arises. Lachlan Colbert (aka Colby) has an Ivy League education and a high powered corporate career in New York City. The two meet by chance in the Whitsunday Islands on the cusp of the new millennium with neither realising just how significantly both their lives will change in the years to come.
Fast forward to 2013 and Caitlin is discovered outside their beautiful burning home in an exclusive suburb of New York. She is hysterical and calling for her son Benjamin. But it soon becomes clear that there is something much bigger happening than a tragedy involving a missing child.
Having briefly contemplated a career as a flight attendant, I was eager to read this "tell all" account. Unlike a previous book I recently read which did not disclose the airline involved, Owen Beddall has not shied away from dishing the dirt on our national airline Qantas. Having left the company after a serious injury he is fair but forthright when he gives us a glimpse into the world of the flying kangaroo.
I love to travel and as I just mentioned I did briefly contemplate a career as a flight attendant. Fortunately for me a chance meeting with an old school friend who had just left the industry gave me enough insight to realise that being a flight attendant may look glamorous but in reality it is far from it. Owen confirms this as he details the decade he spent airborne both domestically and internationally. Such things as toilet emergencies and the hazards of the food trolley are explained with humour and honesty.