I do enjoy reading books by authors from beyond the borders of Canada and the U.S. I also enjoy checking the debut novels of authors. So, this debut novel from Australian author, Kaaron Warren, could act as a single stone to kill two birds.
Slights is the story of Stevie, who has a near-death experience. It's during this time she finds not Heaven or Hell, but a room full of people from her past who apparently all hold a grudge against her, torturing her in the afterlife. She's scarred by the experience, along with the deaths of her parents, but she also becomes obsessed with that place and goes on a journey of death over and over--both her own and those of others, as she uses other people who try and unlock death's secrets.
It's apparently a slow burn kind of novel, but the disturbing subject matter and eery premise are too good to resist. A slowly ramped up tension may work very well for a novel like this, and I'm curious to see how Warren pulls it off.
Have you had a chance to read this book yet? What did you think? Any other debut novels by Aussies I should be checking out as well?