Dark Roots is a remarkable collection of short stories,
and a sure bet for a good weekend read. Cate Kennedy's writing is sharp; her
details are meaningful but not meandering, her dialogue spot-on and funny but
also totally believable, the plot lines dramatic, but so well crafted that your
trust never wavers. Writing about predicaments we're curious about (fatal
accidents, murder, drug smuggling, infidelity, sabotage, unwanted pregnancies),
Kennedy anchors her high-stakes plotlines in the most familiar emotions, making
generous, unmanipulative stories that pull the reader in for thrills and
revelations. Whether writing in first, second, or third person, about a
fed-up-housewife or a disturbed nine year old boy, Kennedy hits the mark from
the very first line, nailing the subtleties in tone, details, and dialogue.
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