. . . The person was now only metres from him. Doug raised his hand by way of greeting and was about to say something, but at the same moment the man lifted his head. Everything inside of Doug froze.
Reality, as it is and as we believe it to be, is the red thread running through An Ambiguous Tragedy. People disappear without trace, leaving behind them friends and relatives desperate for answers. Is there a connection between the disappearances, or are they all unrelated? Is there a line between what is real and what we imagine to be real?
There are as many realities as there are people, and our experience of what is happening around us is seldom the same as the experience of the person next to us. Some realities are positive, but others are marked by apprehension and fear. Sometimes, in an attempt to avoid the harshness of what is going on in our lives, we create parallel realities where everything is exactly the way we want it to be. An Ambiguous Tragedy looks at what can happen when the line between virtual and imagined reality becomes blurred and finally disappears.
An Ambiguous Tragedy is on sale via most online book shops. It can also be purchsed directly from AoE Publishing,. On the Central Coast of NSW, it is available both at the Gosford Regional Gallery and the Kariong Post Office. Contact me, should you require further information.
“This novel by Diane Eklund-Abolins is a refreshing and intriguing Australian tale that centers around a bush track near a country town. Over time various individuals disappear from the area, and the local police along with family members struggle to determine their fate. A mysterious man carrying a suitcase weaves himself into the story, adding to the suspense for the reader. I found myself reading keenly right until the final paragraph. The dry Australian bush came to life, and I could picture the track, the ridge and the old hut in my mind's eye. I recommend this novel to all readers who love a good mystery or detective story.” Sue Hollingworth