by Peter Thomas
The Second Foot is the final in a trilogy by Picton-based writer Peter Thomas. With the preceding books, A Step Too Far and The Dancing Gypsy, it makes up his Pushing Boundaries trio. If you’ve read those, you’ll catch up with later events in the lives of some of the characters. If not, this can be read as a stand-alone title.
The central character in The Second Foot, Kiki, is a young Fijian girl who comes to New Zealand for her education and qualifies as a marine biologist. She becomes involved in a romantic affair with a previous lost love from her university days. There is a connection with people-smuggling, and complicated romantic attachments with other key figures.
Cleverly woven into the narrative is Stephanie with her unrequited love for Fergus and her rather dramatic end. Then there’s Tau, with his history of past unimaginable horrors, as well as some of the characters from the previous book in the series.
Thomas makes good use of very descriptive passages throughout, and the author’s deep understanding of relationships clearly comes through in his writings.
The story flows and comes to a very satisfactory conclusion cemented with Sarah's epilogue that lets the reader know the outcome of the different central figures.
It is a book I enjoyed reading and I’ll look out for more of this author’s other books.
Title: The Second Foot
Author: Peter Thomas
Publisher: Good Hope Publishing
RRP: $15 + p&p when applicable
Available: Good Hope Publishing House, PO Box 596 Picton 7250 NZ,
or as a Kindle ebook from Amazon