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Amazon Reviews:

Condemn not my Children

Comment posted by Kaleicha Vilo  ★★★★★ not my Children: Kindle Edition


Loved reading this book – kept me intrigued the whole way through. I always love to read historical fiction books and the setting of this book is realistic due to the wonderful skill of the author.




Comment posted by Suzanne O’Connor  ★★★★★ not my Children: Kindle Edition


“I was reeled back into history when reading this book. The writer had clear views about how and what went on in Religious institutions years ago in New Zealand. It is a shocking but moving story and well written by the author who grasped the impact of how abuse impacts on the innocent lives of women, families and children. I liked the narrative of the older patriarchal figure Jacob who despite being kind and gentle was unable to stop the powerful perpetrators. I look forward to a sequel?”




Comment posted by Hudayani Gleeson  ★★★★★ not my Children: Kindle Edition


“I was totally mesmerized by this book. From the first page I was hooked and could not put it down until I had read it from cover to cover.
I was equally entertained, thrilled and horrified with the events portrayed within these pages. If you think your life is difficult, you will have a new appreciation for it after reading this novel!”




Comment posted by Dean Marshel-Courte  ★★★★★ not my Children: Kindle Edition 


Such a great read.. I couldn't put it down! Finished it in a few days. I love a book that grips you straight away.
Loved the characters especially the grandfather at the beginning of the book.




Comment posted by Lizzie Chapman. ★★★★★ not my Children. Format: Paperback


Writing at its very best, and one of those rare occasions where I found it hard to put down.Completely mesmerising. This is a remarkable journey. Such a story cannot fail to move! One of the best books I’ve read in a long while.




Comment posted by Sandy Fea  ★★★★★ not my Children. Format: Paperback


Great book. Easy reading and captivating. Took you right into the lives of an extended dysfunctional family. I found it hard to put down. I’ll be looking forward to Kasey’s next novel.




Comment posted by littlepinkon  ★★★★★ not my Children Format: Paperback


A very well written book. An intriguing and capturing story from the beginning to end




By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2015  ★★★★★

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase


Fantastic read, could not put this book down. Have recommended it to my friends. Wish there was more to read!




By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2016  ★★★★★

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I loved this book. Well written and so hard to put down. A real page turner, it kept me enthralled until the end.




By Amazon Customer on 16 Nov. 2015  ★★★★★

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A truly powerful story and beautifully written!! A narrative that brings to life a story of immigration, mental illness and an insight into hidden secrets of family tribulations that are colourfully embroiled in cultural diversities and religious dogma. Most intriguing is a central figure’s struggle to manage his life, siblings and his mother in a tempestuous environment. This book touched me for many personal reasons and is a thoroughly recommended read.




By Evelyn Kegge on October 21, 2015  ★★★★★

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A tragic powerful story beautifully written, a must read




Comment posted by Judi Puru  ★★★★ Condemn not my Children. Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase


“Enjoyable read.”

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Condemn not my Children

"Condemn Not My Children is a powerfully evocative novel. Based on a true story it explores the generational impact of the darker side of cultural and religious Diasporas. Coory’s writing skillfully navigates those blurred lines between fact and fiction, holding you by the hand he opens the door a crack and invites you to peer into the lives and psyches of these families; witnessing the tragedies and the vagaries of the human condition, the evils that lurk in piety, and the journeys of the scattered souls who evolve within these trajectories. With an almost voyeuristic inquisitiveness the reader is consumed by a wanting and a needing to know where the truth lies beneath the fantasy. Gripping, disturbing, powerful, enthralling, inspiring – you will, as I did, become enmeshed in this story from the first page and beyond its last."

Melissa Yardley - Australia Travel Publishing

Kasey, congratulations on writing such a wonderful book. An intriguing adventure weaving seamlessly through 3 generations of two families, reflecting the darker side of New Zealand in the mid-20th century. Great summer read. Jaw dropping at times and so fascinating that I couldn't put it down.

Ceara Owen-Perry

Kasey, I loved Condemn Not My Children. So hard to put down!

Shelley Currier

Kasey Coory that was a Damned Fine read. Thoroughly engaging. Cant tell you how glad I am that you wrote something so Bloody Good. Still I shouldn’t be surprised you’ve always been a talented cookie.


Hi Kasey, Your book is a powerful read. It is extremely well written especially as it is your first novel.
Terry Johnston

Kasey, The first 50 pages I loved, and then I hated it, and I didn't want to read any more, but I kept picking it up, and reading it, at times reluctantly, but I had to read it, and I would be engrossed in it, and then I would hate it as things got tough, but pick it up l would, I had to see where this journey was going, l detested the agony, pleasures in some happenings ...
Well, I have reached the final two pages ... I was glad to reach the end ... I was satisfied ... I knew why I had to keep reading ... and I am glad I did.
What a hell of a journey ... what a life!

Hey Kasey, just finished reading your great book, good on you, it is a fantastic read and held me from beginning to end. Enjoyed the bit at the end with the motorbike and had a feeling that you might end it that way :-).

Have just downloaded your novel Kasey. It is an engrossing read. I thought I was prepared for what I am reading but OMG! I think the tale would make a TV series to rival anything that I have seen.


Great book. Easy reading and captivating. Took you right into the lives of an extended dysfunctional family. I found it hard to put down. I’ll be looking forward to Kasey’s next novel.

Sandy Fea

Would love to write like you.

The ability to articulate, truly is a blessing.

Tracey Cullen

Hi Kasey, Finally got round to reading your most interesting book. Took me a little longer than I expected due to the fact I read every word. Usually I skip read a lot but not in your case. Thanks for a great read,
Regards Vass

I have recently read this story. I am a child of the 50's. This story bought back memories for me. I grew up in Wellington NZ and could totally relate to the culture of those years. Most people were never to this day, made accountable for their behaviours. As children we were never allowed to question or have rights. If we did resist we were beaten locked up and abused. We carry the scars and memories to this day. Kasey has written a very powerful book I want to know if Steven every found Kasey !!

Julie Elley

Hi mate, hope all is well. Loved the book, very evocative. Well done bravo!!!!


It's extremely well written Kasey. I've finished your book. I really enjoyed it. I understand it's your first book. You have got the gift of telling a good story Kasey.

Martin George

I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog.
Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays.

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