The Last Time We Spoke

  • Title: The Last Time We Spoke
  • Author: Fiona Sussman
  • ISBN: 9780749020
  • Page: 418
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  • The Last Time We Spoke On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack their New Zealand farmstead has never felt like home But when Ben Toroa and a
    On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt like home But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and on their minds, the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically difOn the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt like home But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and on their minds, the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically different direction As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and bereavement of different kinds, and Ben faces the consequences in prison, their stories will be forever entwined.

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    About Fiona Sussman


    1. Born in South Africa, now living in New Zealand, Fiona is a former GP who hung up her stethoscope ten years ago to pursue another longheld dream to write She has written a number of highly acclaimed short stories, and her debut novel novel, Shifting Colours , was published in the UK in 2014 and in the USA in Oct 2015 under the title, Another Woman s Daughter Her second novel, The Last Time We Spoke was released in May 2016 It won the Ngaio Marsh Award for NZ best crime writing When not juggling family life, or helping manage the charitable surgical service she and her husband established, she writes and loves it.You can find out about Fiona on her website fionasussman or her Facebook page facebook fionasussman


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    1. 4★South African born Fiona Sussman, now living in NZ, shows the price we pay for destroying culture. At least, that’s how I see it. People, particularly young people, who don’t belong or are ashamed of where they belong, are the natural enemies of the privileged.Young Maori boys murderously attack a dairy-farming family, leaving Carla (wife and mother) bereft. Ben, one of the boys, returns to his beloved mother and his vicious, abusive father. It’s not hard to see where the anger comes f [...]

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    2. The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman is a very good novel, of which, probably the less stated the better. I can't recall how much I read of the content of the novel before reading it, but do know it was very little. I believe it really captured my interest after reading on the The Rap Sheet blog that it was awarded the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for 2017 in New Zealand.The novel is not a police procedural, detective story or actual crime thriller and instead deals with the afterma [...]

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    3. You probably don’t know it, but I am the product of the apex of privilege existence. I am a white male who grew up with two parents who cared for me, spent endless amounts of money and time on me to give me a great education and, in a sense, shelter me from the terrible things floating around the world. That isn’t to say they did anything to prevent me from the evils of the world, but, as an older Millennial, I did eventually have access to the internet at a fairly young age and thus, could [...]

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    4. Fiona Sussman stworzyła przygnębiający, rozpaczliwy dramat obyczajowy o zbrodni, karze i przebaczeniu, w którym główny nacisk nie jest postawiony na element stricte kryminalny, ale psychologiczne konsekwencje zbrodniczego czynu. Świetnie napisany, przejmujący, niemniej o bardzo konkretnym podejściu do tematyki moralności i jej zastosowaniu w systemie karnym. To jednocześnie intrygujące spojrzenie na historię Nowej Zelandii, ale zarazem ciężka przeprawa emocjonalna, tym bardziej dl [...]

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    5. Książka mega mocna i momentami poruszająca, ale zakończenie dla mnie było kompletnie niezrozumiałe i brakowało mi w nim jeszcze kilku rzeczy

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    6. For though each man hauls behind him the weight of his history, in the end what he does with his life is his to own.I added this book a while ago based on a GR review, but in the meantime I forgot that the author is an ex South African. The moment I started reading about the farm attack, it felt so familiar that I had to go and look at her bio. It was interesting to read about similar societal problems in another country. I thought Carla's process was well-written, and I liked that the author wr [...]

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    7. The story to start with feels like it’s the start of a crime thriller with an everyday loving family having their world ripped apart when they are victims to an horrific burglary which rips their world apart. What happens on that night was just horrible and I was absolutely devastated for them all.From this point on though the story takes a different path, one that is very different to what you would find in a crime book. Where as that sort of genre we would be racing through the pages whilst [...]

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    8. This must have been a challenging book to write, it has such a profound sense of place and culture, it is firmly a very New Zealand story, but it is one which could be read by anyone anywhere and be thoroughly appreciated. It is the story of a home invasion and the aftermath of that, but it is so much more. It deals with the post traumatic stress for those involved, it doesn't flinch away from letting you see how incredibly damaged these people are, on the other hand it deals with the lives and [...]

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    9. 4.5/5Wiecej powiedzialam tu: youtu/KYHN8-1bSd8Kolejna po "To, co zostawiła" książka wydana przez Wydawnictwo Kobiece, która rzeczywiście coś po sobie we mnie zostawiła. Będę do niej wracać. 💪🏻

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    10. DarrelleI thought this was a fantastic book, both heart breaking and heart warming. It is well written and brings us to the very heart of current issues in New Zealand. I kept thinking- this would make a great movie, a step forward from Once Were Warriors, or Boy.

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    11. The Last Time We Spoke by Fionna SussmanThe setting is rural Auckland. Carla Reid was a teacher who had desperately wanted a child of her own and after many years if trying to get pregnant she and her husband Kevin were expecting a child. Jack now sixteen was working at a bank came home to celebrate his parent’s twenty-seventh wedding anniversary discloses that he is interested in pursuing a career in finance rather than take over the family farm. Carla, caught off guard by this decision, lets [...]

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    12. Where do I start I picked this book up when I was New Zealand on holiday, eager to read a book from the New Zealand section of the book shop. Normally I'm a fast reader but admittedly this book didn't grasp me straight away. I would read a bit then put it down, read a bit and then put it down. The beginning of the book is quite emotionally draining and I wasn't enjoying it as I felt bogged down by the emotional narrative. Until one day while sick in bed I aimed to finish the book and in that pro [...]

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    13. Thank you to the publishers Allison & Busby for sending me this book as a Giveaway.The story alternates between the lives of two people - the victim, Carla and the criminal Ben, and what each of them are going through and how their lives become fascinatingly intertwined.Right from the start I was hooked on this story which was beautifully written and I found myself thinking about this book during the times I wasn't reading it and I couldn't wait to find time to read. I highly recommend this [...]

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    14. What an amazing book. I was engrossed. Confronting and brutal at times the author didn't shy away from some of the hard and sad truths in our society. The violent collision of those with very different lives was confronting but the moments of real human understanding, hope and forgiveness were powerful.A must read from an NZ author. This was her second novel and I will be hunting out her first.

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    15. This was a brilliant book about grief, loss, violence, tough prison life among criminals but mostly about restorative justice love and forgiveness. A thread running through was the impact of colonialism and the tragic loss of Maori indigenous culture, relationships and community.

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    16. very rarely do you find thisa well written kiwi novel that has both maori and pakeha elements.

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    17. New Zealand author Fiona Sussman has created something absolutely remarkable in her blended crime and contemporary fiction novel THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE. Winner of the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel this is a novel that contrasts the brutality and thoughtlessness of a crime, against the heartbreaking loss resulting, and the way that a woman recovers, and rebuilds her life in the aftermath.It's a story that's all too familiar. An illiterate disadvantaged young boy, caught up in gang l [...]

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    18. This emotionally intelligent, gripping book recently won the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Prize for Best Crime Novel – well deserved, I say. The plot had me dropped-jawed at times, even when I knew what was coming. For example the brutal home invasion—I knew from the blurb it was coming, but Sussman’s vivid rendering of character and action left me speechless. The structure is third person point of view swapping between Carla and Ben, whose stories merge and separate throughout the book. Interspersed [...]

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    19. A poignant book, telling both sides of victim and perpetrator and including nz history both pakeha and Maori.

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    20. "Religion was a nonsense. A fiction to make the pain of a random existence seem purposeful."

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    21. We have an advantage in the bookselling trade of being able to read ahead of schedule and find the pearls in amongst so many new releases.well Last Time We Spoke is it for me this month! told in alternating chapters, Sussman draws out the raw, emotional impact of a home invasion crime and tells the stories of both victim and criminal.Cara is settled and content in life, hard working and motivated until a night that changes her lifee experiences a home invasion crime on her farm and devastating l [...]

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    22. I thought this was a brilliant book, I really enjoyed reading it.It covers so many things. The 'Beyond' parts were really interesting, as I did not know much about the history of the Maoris & New Zealand, especially the pact between the English & the New Zealand Maoris in 1840.The effects of the trauma that came to Carla, are well written & seem completely believable.Also the problems of Ben are sensitively handled.I would definitely recommend this book.

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    23. The novel opens right in the very ‘Beginnings’, as it’s titled. In 1989 when a young Carla Reid learns of her pregnancy. She is elated at the news and the introduction ends with the simplistic but heartfelt news of, “I’m going to be a mother!”.Two years later in the same town, another woman learns that she is pregnant. Miriama gives birth to a son, Benjamin Joel. But baby Benjamin, is destined to a life of exposure to drugs, parties and domestic violence. A childhood no one would ask [...]

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    24. Ta książka okazała się być całkiem inna, niż myślałam. Zawiera inną treść, inne przesłanie i działa na czytelnika w sposób, jakiego się nie spodziewałam.Fiona Sussman stworzyła powieść, w której na pierwszych stronach jesteśmy świadkami okrutnej zbrodni i spoglądamy na sceny pełne krwi i brutalności. Życie głównych bohaterów zmienia się całkowicie - Carla musi budować życie po utracie rodziny niemal od zera, Ben, jako sprawca, odbywa swą karę w więzieniu. W t [...]

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    25. 3.5 starsI'll start with one quote I found in this book, which is now one of my favourite quotes about language, the power of words and the importance of a good translation: "Language can be a beautiful thing, Benjamin. Words carry the weight of meaning, directness of intention, the peculiarity of culture. Words define reality and therein lies their power. But also their weakness! A poor translation is about loss - loss of meaning and intent."The novel tells the story of Carla Reid, an Italian w [...]

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    26. An interesting, relatable and very clever book about the journeys of not just the two main characters (Carla and Ben) but also New Zealand Maori. By embracing and celebrating our separateness, we can be unified to achieve a common goal. "True unity embraces separateness" as exemplified by the central brass pole at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae. At times a bit clunky, there was still plenty here to like.

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    27. 3.5Fair warning before you read this: the first half of this is incredibly depressing. Descriptions of violence, child neglect, death and more, I honestly didn't think things were going to get any better. However it picked up after about half way through, and I liked the parallels between the two connected narratives, felt the characters developed well and enjoyed the writing style. Hoping to see more from this author soon!

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    28. Jednym z celów literatury jest poszerzanie naszych horyzontów myślowych oraz przyjęcie słusznej tolerancji dla zjawisk, które dotykają ludzi na całym świecie. Ostatni raz, gdy rozmawialiśmy to powieść, która zdecydowanie wpływa na czytelnika i wypełnia wspomniane wyżej zamierzenia. Dzisiejsza recenzja dotyczy powieści, która w blogosferze pojawia się rzadko, pomimo tego, iż jest wspaniała. Przygotujcie się zatem na tekst pełen pozytywnych wrażeń - ochów i achów. ,,Jej [...]

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    29. This blend of literary or contemporary fiction with crime fiction, from a New Zealand doctor who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, is an absolute triumph. It’s a powerful, evocative novel that presses into the ongoing impact of violent crime for all involved.Carla Reid has a nice life as a farmer’s wife, with a son cresting into adulthood. One night her world collides with that of Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen caught up in gang life. A brutal home invasion tears both from their axis. A viol [...]

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