A Moving Portrayal of Loss: Take a Sneak Peek at Trick of the Light by Fiona McCallum

A Moving Portrayal of Loss: Take a Sneak Peek at Trick of the Light by Fiona McCallum

Erica arranged slices of buttered date loaf on a plate and placed it on the coffee table. She’d got up early to bake despite there still being plenty of other offerings in the freezer from Stuart’s wake ten days earlier.

Having something to focus on that wasn’t her sadness and the great gaping hole in her life was important, even though baking, like so many other everyday tasks, was also a horrible reminder that life just carried on, regardless of the assault on normality she had just endured. When she let her mind go there … Erica tried hard to not think too deeply about anything much because no one thought ever completely stood alone. Most things were connected, with one idle ponderance linking to or prompting another. Before grief, thoughts and memories tied together had been comfortable and comforting. She longed for the occasional isolated memory, a single grain of sand, but instead got pulled into quicksand, the darkness and drag of which took a lot of effort to resist. Today she hoped baking from scratch instead of taking out some cake and watching it defrost on the bench would distract from the quicksand. (And she would have watched because all too often lately she was having to drag her attention away from some- thing after losing chunks of time staring mindlessly.)

Erica wished there were only so many tears a person could shed. Her bouts left her wrecked – completely exhausted – as if they’d been wrung from her, like someone had put a hand around her top and her bottom sections and twisted in opposite directions to painfully extract every last drop…

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                          Publisher details

                          Trick of the Light
                          Author
                          Fiona McCallum
                          Publisher
                          HQ Fiction
                          Genre
                          Fiction
                          Released
                          07 April, 2021
                          ISBN
                          9781867207863

                          Synopsis

                          The old saying goes: 'A problem shared is a problem halved.' But what if your problem is secret? Erica, newly widowed, is devastated to discover her venture capitalist husband left their finances in ruins. Determined to save her home while protecting her teenage daughters, she vows to get back on her feet without letting them, or anyone else, know the truth. When her girls head off on a long-planned overseas adventure, Erica focuses on her much-loved job behind a makeup counter to keep her emotionally and financially afloat - although she is troubled by a peculiar encounter at work. Then she loses her job, the darkness beckons and Erica's life spirals downwards, further disturbed by strange occurrences in her house. Missing objects. Stopped clocks. Noises in the night. Should she doubt her very sanity? Can she swallow her pride and make herself reach out to her friends in time? Does she have a choice? A moving story of loss, change and self-discovery from Australia's master storyteller.
                          Fiona McCallum
                          About the author

                          Fiona McCallum

                          Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. An avid reader and writer, she decided at age nine that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton! She is the author of PaychequeNowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, Time will Tell and Meant to Be.

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