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  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775751
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

Spellbound




Dive back into the captivating world of Gabriel’s Bay.

The delightful third novel in the bestselling Gabriel’s Bay series.

Big trouble is brewing, secrets are coming out, threatening reputations and even lives. Outsiders are in town with questionable motives. Power and privilege are casting a seductive but ominous spell. And the Love Bus is completely munted.

All your favourite characters are back: Mac, down-to-earth as ever; Sidney, eight months pregnant and feeling it; Dr Ghadavi, anxious to do right; Patricia, quietly determined; Bernard, who must face his nemesis; and young Barrett, unable to face the truth.

It’s crunch time for Gabriel’s Bay, and nothing less than magic might be needed to protect this close-knit community and its future.

  • Published: 30 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143775751
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 368

About the author

Catherine Robertson

CATHERINE ROBERTSON’S novels have all been number one New Zealand bestsellers. Her fourth novel, The Hiding Places, also won the 2015 Nelson Libraries’ Award for New Zealand Fiction. Catherine reviews books for the New Zealand Listener and is a regular guest on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot. She is married with two grown sons, two Burmese cats, two rescue dogs and a powerful vacuum cleaner. She divides her time between Wellington and Hawke’s Bay.

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Praise for Spellbound

Spellbound is full of humour and honesty, with all the drama and comfort of a rural New Zealand soap opera. . . . It's a special type of book that can tackle large issues such as white supremacy, misogyny and domestic harm and wrap them up in a rural and domestic setting that still feels cosy and sweet. It's a testament to Robertson's clever and gentle touch that this is an engaging and funny read, even given the occasional intensity of the subject matter. . . . Robertson's salt-of-the-earth characters are fully formed and appealing, more than capable of withstanding the weight of complicated storylines that a lesser writer may struggle to do without resorting to screeds of didactic exposition. Spellbound is also about the dynamics that make up a small town. Robertson's writing flows with confidence and the occasional burst of bombast. The language is vivid, fresh and playful. She jumps from jokes to drama within the same paragraph without losing momentum. Spellbound is dense and economical, the swift-moving story racing along, and no plot thread is left unfinished. The novel's dramatic moments are written with aplomb: everything you expect to happen does happen without the novel falling prey to kitsch or cliche. If there's one quibble, it might be with the dialogue - it seems impossible that every person in the town could be quite this eloquent and witty, always ready with the perfect riposte. Spellbound is a gorgeous read, engrossing yet undemanding, cleverly both complex and uncomplicated.

Josie Shapiro, NZ Listener

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