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Confluence

Confluence 

Where you lose your own identity and you come in search of who you really are. Each member of a family is an individual and should be able to develop a separateness of their own. Each person needs n Ed’s to evolve on their own. Within this novel, you will meet Liam, his mother Lynne, and his father John in the timeline in the past with reflections he shares of their short-lived times together and friends from childhood and reunited in the present as we get to understand and learn about their experiences, emotional challenges and how each one including another named Mali intersects hoping to either become part of all of their lives or learn how to become who they are.

Liam decides to leave his job and return home to his hometown, Elanora, and needs to reconcile his past and focus on the present. His mom is ill and his father from the flashbacks we learn disappeared and never returns. His life takes on many sad twists and turns ad he reflects on his times with his dad, swimming, fishing, and his unique life lesson. 

With conflicting emotions and trying to unravel his past when searching through his father’s things wanting his fishing equipment, he finds a written message that makes his hands shake and yet creates a major theme and powerful message and meaning throughout the novel:

Other people can’t fix loneliness, they’re just a distraction.” his father felt alone, was he depressed, or was it something else? 

Going into his father’s she’d he hoped to find another hint about him. Reflections with his mom, stating they have no gravestone and reminded of the anniversary of his disappearance is coming up, how will this move forward in the story?

His mom reveals a hidden truth about her relationship with her doctor, David, and admits the truth about their relationship. Liam faces his own with Hannah who he leaves behind, but dreams and memories reflect on that and his past. Then Oli and Elaine, reunite with him, and the fun he and Oli had in the past will they stay friends in the present?

There are so many that have secrets and he meet Mali who works in the coffee shop for some reason, they form an immediate friendship and we learn about her unusual past, why she was not allowed to live with her mom’s family, and where she is now. Yet her father who sent money for her now lives in a nursing facility suffering from Alzheimer’s. Then he learns about a second child born to his parents but did not live. Creating more dissension and causing arguments and more. His disappearance was called an accident and he’s been gone 19 years. 

Relationships are at the heart of this novel as. the author weaves many intricate and interlaced plots. Meeting Mali was positive, and Liam needed a plan to create where to go next and do what. Them searching the net to find his cousin Marcus and an incident from his childhood that caused him stress. 

Bonding with David to a point, helping him with yard work, and learning more about Mali and her father. 

A memory flashes back about his father and the police are not going to reopen the case but he claims there was a dead woman in the boat that he saw when his father went missing. Who was it and is it his aunty? We learn more about his aunt Amanda, her mother June Williams who he seems to think is a link to what happened in the past to this woman and hoping to learn more about what happened to his father. We also hear the voices from the past of Colin Murray his father’s father and why his wife left him, that would be Amanda and what the result was in the past.

Each secret brings more lies in the present and Liam just wants some type of closure or final revelation about why his father left and the hidden truths. Then Mali might go back to Thailand to become a teacher and she has a plan why does he act so cold towards her and what will his final plan be? 

Memories flood back in his mind, he meets his aunty and then other realities set in. We learn about John and Amanda, who he never realized was his sister and her fight to decide where she belongs. The sadness is all around, the water engulfs so many and each use it to cleanse or release their tensions. Who was the body in the boat? What really happened to his father? Where does he wind up? Truths, lies , deceptions, fears, harsh realities, memories that he was told to forget and one young man named Liam, one mother named Lynne, one lost woman named Amanda, Mali, Oli and so many more having to find who they are, where they belong and what will allow them to just live.

Finding who you are. Finding where you belong, understanding the false past, trying to create a true and right one, Liam learns many lessons in life but just where will it take him in the end?
Characters that are flawed, characters that each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but one thing is true in the end they are loyal to each other but what about themselves?
Can you explore your past, and learn how to deal with it in the present? The author created a story of hope, despair, love, deception, understanding, coming of age in many ways past and present and helping readers to understand that other people can’t  fix loneliness, they’re just a distraction. Life takes many turns within this novel; life leaves you and the reader wondering what is next for Liam? Will he finally find his true self? What about his mother and David as the author allows us to rekindle their love and desires from the start, how it all began and just what she wants us to think about what really happened to John and why? Told in many voices as we hear Liam’s thoughts, his father in the past and the torment and the turmoil faced by others. True to life and told realistically as the events blend you might say they converted into one : CONFLUENCE!

Fran Lewis : Just reviews 

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