‘The Gifting’ is a complex novel, concerning, as it does, a dead man’s arrival in Heaven – or is it Hell? (or maybe somewhere else. It’s really a state rather than a place). We are with him on his post mortem journey as he relates the story of his mortal existence from retirement to his violent death. So, effectively, we experience two autobiographies running side-by-side – one of our hero’s afterlife and the other of his mortal existence.
It’ll make you think.
The conclusion is stunning.
A very old man, Ernst, calls his family to his bedside and reveals that, contrary to their Jewish upbringing, he is not a Jew but rather an ex-SS Officer who was on staff at a Concentration Camp at the end of World War Two. His betrayals and assumed false identity have finally caught up with him.
While his family grapples with the revelation, the descendant of the man Ernst betrayed arrives intent to wreak revenge on the family. Is there hope for Ernst’s children to escape the ’sins of their father’?
My culture is Australian. I have German blood, my parents were German, but I am Australian. I want the truth to be told because I am dying.
Book 1 in the Maddie Trinco Trilogy
Maddie makes contact with a former lover, the owner of a beautiful private estate on the outskirts of Sydney, whom she had abandoned for another man six years earlier. She appears to be welcomed back and the affair starts again. But her lover has changed in her absence, developing macabre ideas about the physical manifestation of human love. He weaves a complex story concerning his beliefs, disclosing details of several murders he has committed to further his aims.
She soon discovers that he harbours a strong resentment towards her earlier disloyalty, and his desire for revenge becomes frighteningly apparent. Mental cruelty morphs into physical abuse. She must fight back to free herself. Her efforts result in the self-realisation of some intriguing and rather frightening character traits. The outcome is the death of her lover and her surprising emotional climax. Her desire to take control of the estate motivates her to dispose of the body and embark on an elaborate cover-up. However, all is far from well for Maddie who plunges from crisis to crisis until the amazing ending of this cliff-hanger story.
My intended victim was nowhere to be seen. The rope swung gently in the morning breeze, its cargo somewhere adrift.
Book 2 in the Maddie Trinco Trilogy
Murphy looked down and seeing the body with the knife sunk to the hilt into the chest, started shaking and repeating over and over, “Oh, God – Oh God – Oh God…”
Maddie and the King of Paradise
Book 3 in the Maddie Trinco Trilogy