The Others by Mark Brandi
English |2021 |Mystery/Thriller| ePUB | 9 MB
Mark Brandi (41) is an award-winning Melbourne author who was born in Ascoli Piceno – a city in central Italy – his parents settled in western Victoria when he was a young boy and they ran a pub for over thirty years in the Wimmera district of Victoria.
Growing up in the country – and the many colourful characters he met at the pub – continue to inspire much of his writing.
He studied Criminal Justice at University and worked extensively in the justice system for about a decade, including a stint as a political adviser, which is where he learned the intricacies of the prison system. His three brothers work for Victoria Police so research for crime writing has never been a problem!
Then he decided to become a writer and in 2018 he published a novel called Wimmera.
Before it reached the bookstores, it had won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. Many more awards followed.
His second novel, The Rip, was published in 2020.
Like Wimmera, it is not exactly a crime novel. It is more a novel about life where a crime happens – it is the love story of two homeless heroin addicts. It’s set in Melbourne’s inner north – Fitzroy, Carlton, Princes Park.
His latest novel, the Others was released in June, 2021.
Mark now lives in Melbourne with his canine best friend Millie and is already working on his next work of fiction.
Narrated by Jacob, through means of a diary gifted to him by his father on his eleventh birthday, The Others is set on a remote, decrepit Australian farm struggling under crippling drought conditions and isolated in a post-pandemic world.
I heard voices talking last night.
I’ve never heard my father talk to someone else.
Not that I can remember.
I was in bed, and I heard my father’s voice first.
He was talking to someone, and then I heard another man with a deep voice.
The man got angry, I could tell, even though I couldn’t hear exactly what he was saying.
Then my father said, ‘I’d kill you first’.
On his eleventh birthday, Jacob’s father gives him a diary. To write about things that happen. About what he and his father do on their farm. About the sheep, the crop, the fox and the dam.
But Jacob knows some things should not be written down. Some things should not be remembered.
The only things he knows for sure is what his father has taught him.
Sheltered, protected, isolated.
But who is his father protecting him from?
And how far will his father go to keep the world at bay?
All too soon, Jacob will learn that sometimes we all have to do terrible things.
From the bestselling author of WIMMERA and THE RIP comes an unforgettable novel that explores the darkness in our world with the light only a child can find.