A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter
A Novel

47%

12 Critic Reviews

The dark secrets are simple, tawdry things, Colin is a petty villain, and Elliot’s introspection isn’t deep enough to fully engage readers, who will feel indifferent to the fate of the protagonists.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

 A WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS P APERBACK ORIGINAL THEY WERE ORIGINALLY FIVE.

Elliot. Brian. Tallis. Cameron. And Dylan—charismatic Dylan—the mediator, the man each one turned to in a time of crisis. Five close friends, bonded in college, still coming together for their annual trip to Las Vegas. This year they are four. Four friends, sharing a common loss: Dylan’s tragic death. A common loss that, upon their arrival in Vegas, will bring with it a common threat: one that will make them question who their departed friend really was, and whether he was ever worthy of their grief.

“Brimming with blackmail and deception” and “laced with simmering emotional tension” (Australian Bookseller & Publisher), A Common Loss is a hypnotic tale from an exciting new voice in literary fiction.
 

About Kirsten Tranter

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Kirsten Tranter grew up in Sydney and studied English and Fine Arts at the University of Sydney. She lived in New York between 1998 and 2006, where she completed a PhD in English on Renaissance poetry at Rutgers University. She now lives in Sydney with her husband and son and is working on a second novel.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Washington Square Press. 334 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Common Loss
All: 12 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
Jan 15 2012

Tranter, whose writing is solid but occasionally verges into overly oblique territory, deftly explores a friendship that’s past its prime.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 02 2012

The dark secrets are simple, tawdry things, Colin is a petty villain, and Elliot’s introspection isn’t deep enough to fully engage readers, who will feel indifferent to the fate of the protagonists.

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The Bookbag

Below average
Reviewed by Sue Magee

The build up is steady - even slow - and by the time I got to the second half of the book I really couldn't see where we were going.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Moran on Jan 07 2012

The book's final secret is a fizzle. Despite this, Tranter's achievement is considerable; her writing polished and assured, her evocation of the nuances of friendship finely delineated.

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TVNZ

Below average
Reviewed by Steph Zajkowski on Jan 27 2012

A Common Loss delivers an intriguing and interesting read; at times Tranter takes the reader on an uncomfortable journey, exploring and digging past the superficial to expose the naked underbelly of friendship and what it really means.

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The Blurb

Below average
Reviewed by Carody Culver

Despite its poetic prose and intriguing set-up, A Common Loss is let down by cold characters and a rather pallid ending.

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The Australian

Excellent
Reviewed by Geordie Williamson on Dec 24 2011

The excitement of concealment and exposure -- the bread and butter of genre thrills -- is not all that holds the reader, however. A Common Loss is built from richer, more complex stuff.

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Fancy Goods

Excellent
Reviewed by Portia Lindsay on Dec 20 2011

Brimming with blackmail and deception and laced with grief, poetry, simmering emotional tension and relationships both budding and exhausted, Tranter’s second novel does not disappoint.

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Inside Story

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Johnstone on Mar 07 2012

In one of the novel’s few forced notes, Cynthia, the new girlfriend who Brian brings along to this latest reunion in contravention of another of the group’s unwritten rules, is “doing some kind of research on imitation versus authenticity.”

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Lisa Walker

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Walker on Mar 02 2012

The first part of the book seems a little slow, as Elliott comes to terms with Dylan’s death.

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Literary Minded

Good
Reviewed by Angela Meyer on Mar 06 2012

This is a fabulous, understated thriller and character story.

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Australian Women Writers

Good
Reviewed by Phillip Ellis on Mar 02 2012

Furthermore, the characters are believable: there is a sense that these are people who could exist, who could live and breathe, and meet our understanding of what a real person is.

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