The Site Is Worth Visiting
The Site is a compelling read with a unique spin on the supernatural. The author keeps you on your toes as things are not always what they seem and just when you think you have things figured out there is another twist. Kerry is an interesting character as he does not come to town looking for a mystery or an adventure, but a new start at life, and a quiet one. As Kerry is caught in the web on intrigue and drawn further down the rabbit hole the reader experiences the unfolding mystery through his eyes. Far from a run of the mill story The Site is not a 'follow the formula' type of novel, but rather one that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last page. (Amazon review: The Site)
From the first page The Site grabs your interest and holds it. Julie Harris paints such vivid descriptions of small time life in the Australian outback that you simultaneously want to visit and are glad you don't live there. Kerry, a baker is haunted by ghosts both past and present and they lead him into a spine tingling mystery that will keep you up until the last page. If you like your scary stories well written with unique characters and plot twists that'll keep you guessing then The Site is for you. Can't wait for the movie! (Amazon review: The Site)
Skin crawling thriller!
The images described within this book are still in my head...days later. It is one of those stories that comes alive so vividly that it invades your very being. And so it should. This amazing piece of supernatural story telling juxtaposes the commonalities of everyday life with the bizarre and terrifying metaphysical world. This mix produces a compelling, complex yet believable tale. A true cliffhanger that is impossible to put down...so be warned! There aren't enough stars to give this book the rating it deserves. (Amazon review: The Site)
Great Characterization, Thrilling Plot
Once you begin reading Julie Harris' "No Exit", you can forget about eating, drinking, and at times even blinking or breathing. The storyline grips you from the moment you are introduced to the main protagonist Rebecca, a psychic who can not only heal but also communicates with the dead.
Just in case you think this is a science fiction or fantasy novel, the story takes a sharp turn into US politics in what happens to be an election year. Rebecca joins forces with a special division of US Navy Seals called Nighthawks in order to prevent one of her future visions from coming true. The characters are so extremely complex and nuanced, that you have a hard time figuring out in advance "who dunnit" or in the case of this book, "who will do it".
There is also just enough passion in this book to satisfy any romance novel junkie. "No Exit" has something for all types of readers and it is an excellent read to get you out of a reading rut if you are used to reading only one specific genre. This book is fast paced and once you begin reading it, you don't have to be a psychic to know that you won't put it down until you finish. (Amazon review: No Exit)
A fabulous "must read" from a fabulous story teller
This book has all the ingredients of a thriller that you can't put down but yet has a depth that appeals to your soft side.
Right from the beginning you are reeled in. So gently that you don't realize that you are hooked until you try to take a break from reading it!!
For me, the sentence on the first page, reading, "Ben and Jenny Miller were practical people and neither were especially gifted, so what profound twist of fate delivered unto them a child who knew far too much of pasts, presents and futures?" was the hook that landed me and there was no letting up.
Fabulous writing, great plot, true to the high caliber story telling that is expected of Julie Harris. Can't recommend it enough! (Amazon review: No Exit)
Another author to add to my list of favorites!
I had never read anything by Julie Harris before, but decided to try this one, based on a recommendation from a friend who is a big fan of her and has read about six of her books. I'm really glad I did. While her online biography on Amazon says that some have compared her to Harper Lee (author of the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Lee only published that one book. One thing I'm sure of, now that I've read this one by Harris, I'm going to hunt down and read her other novels.
This book really defies being placed in a narrow genre box. While there is a psychic involved, this is not solely a story about paranormal phenomenon. It takes place in the arena of a Presidential election, but one far more interesting and complicated than the one currently going on in the U.S. in 2012.
The scenes with the death and resurrection of the psychic are frightening and done is a very believable fashion. And that is only really the beginning setup in many ways for a complex and entertaining look at what is at the heart of so much great literature: human dilemmas and choices, and the moral quandary that people often face when they know that they ultimately have to do the right thing, but doing the right thing will cost them dearly.
The characterizations were deep and fleshed out, not stereotypes or stick figures, like you'll see in all too many political themed thrillers. I was not able to put this one down until I finished it late last night. A fast paced exciting book to read, a roller coaster of the mind. (Goodreads review: No Exit)
Terrific book for young readers, particularly boys, but a good book also for a parent to read to his/ her kids, or a teacher to read to a class. Really gets into the mind of a mid-primary school child and captures the feel of growing up in a rural town. Funny story, well executed. (Amazon review: The Diamond Factory)
A funny and engaging tale
This is a cracker of a story! Funny situations, engaging characters, and a wonderful new creature. I would read this to children as young as 7, and encourage older ones to read it themselves. As an adult, I enjoyed it too. (Amazon review: The Diamond Factory)
If you enjoy books that grab hold with vivid characters and thoroughly engrossing plot twists, you will enjoy An Absence of Angels. Historical fiction, Absence is set in Medieval France -- but don't expect to find Disney castles here, Harris doesn't sugar-coat! In fact, I was left with the feeling "wow, I bet that's what it was really like, to move among the provincial landed classes in that time." Enemies might turn out to be friends--and friends might turn out to be enemies. Death -- or worse -- can happen at any time. Moral codes are tribal -- as surely they were at that time. And against this backdrop, Harris has created characters that I truly cared about, from the moment I met them. And they were so richly drawn! Both Adelina and Geoffrey were people born to circumstances that would test them: Adelina was a warrior and adventurer whose destiny was an arranged marriage and motherhood; Geoffrey's dream was to be a knight, but his birth and intellect and small size meant he had no choice but to accept an alternative fate and become a monk.
So what more can you ask for? How about this: just when you start to wonder whether savage depravity will conquer all, Harris finds a way to offer our beloved characters a path to redemption ... (Amazon review: An Absence of Angels)
A fascinating story about a woman who really made her mark
I hadn't heard of Marie Corelli until I read this book. She was a driven woman with a big ego who desperately needed to prove to the world that she could write stories that ordinary people loved. I was fascinated that her biggest fan was Queen Victoria. Julie Harris has given an insight into the life of a once-famous English author who achieved wealth and fame in a time when life was very difficult for an unmarried woman. This would make a great movie. (Amazon review: Beyond Laughter: The Marie Corelli Story)
There are a lot of ways to judge a book. Great characters - Tear of Blood has that. The characters were so real I felt like I could hear them breathing as I read. Great plot - yes on that, too: the events of this story arose so naturally, yet were never predictable. Harris had me guessing until the end, and more than once I stayed up way past my bedtime because I couldn't make myself put the book down!
But what really knocked me out about this novel is that although Tear of Blood is a vampire novel, it is so much more. This novel is asks really big questions--questions about the meaning of love, and how our idea of "love" can be distorted by loneliness or lust--or a combination of the two.
My only regret is that there isn't a sequel . . . yet. But maybe if we all bug Harris enough she'll write one :-) (Amazon: A Tear of Blood)
A Tear of Blood is an amazing story! It is full of mystery, intrigue, romance, and little bit of horror too.
Basically, Charlie Grayson, the author of the famous book, A Tear of Blood, wrote this novel and it became so popular that the movie industry wanted to make it into a movie. This is where the charming Michael Dunne comes in; he has the starring role of the cunning Annarchie Michaels, the vampire alien like species who landed on this world and tried to assimilate into mankind. Everything goes fine but then deaths begin popping up that are very similar to the plot of the movie and Charlie must figure out what is happening to her and the movie in itself.
There is a huge reincarnation theme suggested through this book which makes it even more interesting and enjoyable to read about. The characters are so well developed you actually feel the emotions they experience.
I was very satisfied with this book for many reasons. It is an absolute thrill ride! There is so much mystery; it had me guessing until very close to the end. It also has a romantic view in it which soon turns into other more disturbing emotions. Another great reason to read this book is it does have a type of vampire species in it but with a new alien concept mixed throughout the story.
You will not be disappointed with this book. It crosses many genres and I enjoyed it so much I could hardly put it down! (Amazon: A Tear of Blood)
Julie Harris is a powerful writer of page turning tales who has gone largely unrecognised in her native Australia. "The
Longest Winter"™, one of my all time favourite novels, is testimony to
the amazing ability of this author from rural Queensland to tell a
tantalizing tale of the Arctic. Although she has never seen snow, the
plot, places and people sent shivers up my spine, literally and
Catherine de Vrye
, author and motivational speaker.
I became engrossed in the fascinating culture of these people whom the main character ends up living with, and learning so much from. This was one of those books you wish didn't end, or at least you wish you could follow the characters through the rest of their lives and find out what happens to them after you finish the last page. (Amazon review, The Longest Winter)
This is one of the best books I ever read. It is a fascinating story about a man living in our times, who suddenly finds himself living among Eskimos, according to THEIR ways and traditions. These Eskimos have little or no knowledge of the world outside of their frozen tundra and speak their own language. The author did a splendid job of telling the story, it was compelling. It is hard to imagine a culture so different from our own and was simply fascinating reading about this man trying to adjust to their ways, as he had no choice, because he was stuck there. THIS book should be a movie, of this I have no doubt. (Amazon review, The Longest Winter)