Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog Tour Book Review: Diamond Sky by Annie Seaton 

I was recently given the opportunity to read and review Diamond Sky as part of a blog tour through Pan Macmillan Australia to coincide with the book release on the 27th June. 
Rural fiction is a genre that I really enjoy, so I was happy to be involved.
Although this is the third book in the 'Porter Sister' series, it can be read as a stand-alone book, as I read it, though after reading Diamond Sky, I am eager to check out the other two books in the series as I thoroughly enjoyed this outback mystery!

The majority of the book is set in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia at the Matsu diamond mine.
The CEO of Matsu, John Robinson, hires a security specialist named Connor Kirk to investigate a diamond theft that has occured at the mine.
He believes that the suspect could be an employee, despite the rigid security measures that are in place, and so Connor goes undercover as a workplace safety officer to see if he can discover what happened to the missing gems.
Connor is a former member of the federal police, but circumstances that don't come to light until later on in the story have led Connor to change his career to his current position.

Drusilla Porter is an environmental engineer at Matsu, and she is the most likely suspect out of three employees.
Known by her co-workers as "the ice queen", she is an independent, capable woman who prefers to keep to herself where possible.
An event from her past involving a mysterious man in Dubai still continues to haunt her, although we don't discover much about him apart from his name - Zayad Al Tayer.
Could he be connected to the thefts, and what is Dru's connection to him?
It's up to Connor to find out, but it won't be easy. 
As Connor looks into Drusilla's past, he knows that she is hiding something and with the help of his former police partner, Greg, they  delve further until they are almost certain that she is the culprit. All they need is the evidence.
But Connor and Dru's instant dislike for each other threatens to overshadow the real danger that is lurking in the diamond mine...

The story that unfolds is compelling, and the author's descriptions of the rural landscape compliment the story beautifully. 
Diamond mining was a topic that I knew little about prior to reading Diamond Sky, and Annie's descriptions of what is involved is expressed in great detail. I found it to be very informative and I gained a better understanding of the processes involved, including the high security rules and regulations.
The cast of characters are diverse, and I thought Dru was a really determined, strong woman, particularly when put under pressure.
The elements of mystery and romance appealed greatly to me. And how breath-taking is the book cover?! 
If you enjoy rural fiction packed with secrets and thrills, then I urge you to read Diamond Sky.

Diamond Sky is out now through Pan Macmillan Australia. It has an RRP of $29.99.
For further information, head here 

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