Ten years ago, nine-year-old Freda Opperman walked into a fast-food restaurant and lost control of her future. She was one of twelve people held hostage by a gunman protesting about corporate corruption. Two people died - the restaurant manager and the gunman. Only Freda saw what happened. Now, it's all in the past and she doesn't want to remember - but someone won't let her forget...
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Ian Bone trained and worked for many years as a television scriptwriter. In 1993 he left his TV career behind to try his hand at writing books. He has won many awards in Australia, and this is his first novel to be published in Britain. He lives in Adelaide.From AudioFile:
This erratic story recounts the long-term psychological effects of Freda Opperman's thirty-six-hour experience as a hostage of a deranged gun-totting man in a fast food restaurant when she was 9. Flashing back to the incident, Opperman slowly reveals her struggles with the madman and the other hostages, and, later on, her strained relationships with her parents and friends. Caroline Lee stumbles through this production. She never acquires a distinct voice for the different narrative angles and doesn't manage to vocally differentiate the adult Freda from the child Freda, a weakness that causes occasional confusion. However, her consistency with the character of the deranged man fits perfectly with the text. L.E. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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