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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ferry To Williamstown is a raucous Aussie drama with louder than life characters, penned by author Colin Heston. At its very opening we meet Babs and her husband Sandy, learning of their typical strained relationship and Babs’s estrangement from her daughter, Lizzie, who has taken herself off in a Winnebago parked on the titular ferry, and hardly ever comes home. It turns out that Lizzie has clients visiting her little home from home, and more sinister than this, bodies are starting to pop up in the nearby Yarra River. As the investigation gets underway, myriad weird and wonderful characters get involved and embark on quests of their own.
Fans of gritty but comedic family dramas like Shameless or Outrageous Fortune will totally get the vibe of this ensemble cast caught among many hilarious scrapes and over the top capers in their own personal quests for happiness. I particularly liked Babs’s entrancement by Father Zappia and the mock religious quest that spawned from that relationship, as well as the poor detective stuck in the middle, trying to unravel the complex knot of lives around him. There’s a lot of stories going on, which makes the reading experience feel like a very amusing soap opera, complete with authentic and humorous dialogue that characterizes the cast well and moves the story forward with true Aussie humor and blunt wit. Overall, author Colin Heston has produced a satirical drama with many threads to unravel, and Ferry To Williamstown will reward those who can untie its hilarious Gordian knot.