In the Shadow of Satellites
by Amanda Dick
Release date: 22 August 2016
Memories are precious, and for Sian Bennett, they are fleeting. On 22 February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand. Sian was there, along with her husband and baby son. What happened that day is a mystery; all she remembers is waking up in hospital five months later, alone.
Two long years pass, and the memories continue to disappear into the black hole that was opened up the day of the quake. Life becomes a perilous journey lived on a tightrope that stretches between the past and the present. Retreating to a lakeside cottage in Rotorua, she shies away from a world she no longer understands.
When Luke Lancaster moves into the derelict cottage beyond the trees, he respects his reclusive neighbour’s silent plea for privacy. Now half a world away from his native North Carolina, he has seen war, misery and chaos. Along with his dog, Geezer, he lives with a few ghosts of his own.
What begins as a fragile friendship leads to a much deeper connection, in which truth, lies, love and pain are intimately bound. Even in paradise, shadows lurk.
A slow-burning tale of loss and love, stoked in the flames of fate and superstition, it is ignited by the power of hope.
Amanda Dick writes about real life; real heartache and hard earned happiness. A fan of her previous work and familiar with her writing style, I am slowly starting to prepare myself accordingly before reading each new novel that is published. In the Shadows of Satellites is no different. Proving that preparation is welcomed and needed, this story will once again highlight the magnificent writing skills of Amanda Dick and put you in a position of both heartfelt empathy and unexpected relief.
In the Shadows of Satellites touches on topics that Amanda’s writing has broached before. Dealing with loss, fear and anxiety, this emotionally fuelled journey allows the main characters to share in their individual flaws, insecurities and their determination for growth. Using the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes as the basis of this story, Amanda Dick gives her heroine the prominent voice of the story. Hoping to share the daily struggle of many people affected by loss and hardship through natural disasters, Dick successfully brings to life the lives of many through Sian Bennett and Luke Lancaster.
As both Sian and Luke individually seek solace in different ways, their solitude and struggle is what brings them together. From the depths of despair, hopelessness and bleakness, Amanda Dick opens the hearts and souls of her characters in order to show readers the powerful and remarkable impact of human resilience and strength. Once again executing a moving and poignant story, Amanda Dick solidifies her stance as an author who understands matters of the body, mind and soul. Showing repeatedly, that she excels in showing how the sun can shine on a rainy day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She loves to do DIY (if it’s not bolted down, she’ll probably paint it, re-cover it or otherwise decorate it) and has tried almost every craft known to man/womankind. She has two sewing machines and an over-locker she can’t remember how to thread. She crochets (but can’t follow a pattern), knits (badly) and refrains from both as a public service.
She believes in love at first sight, in women’s intuition and in following your heart. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte.
What lights her fire is writing stories about real people in trying situations. Her passion is finding characters who are forced to test their boundaries. She is insanely curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour – love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and the complexity of relationships in general.
After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.