When Cassie sees a job advertised for a couple to run a remote Australian farm, she thinks it will be the perfect escape for her and Graham. But trapped under the baking sun of the outback, paranoia sets in. There’s no radio and they send but never receive any letters. Their enigmatic and unusually forgiving boss Larry and his wife Mara have secrets, sedatives, and some very odd habits: a result of their isolated lifestyle or something more sinister? And there’s always the sensation, in the stark brush of the red desert, that eyes are watching them…
This was a little bit of a psychological thriller but not as scary or as tense as other books with this genre, but it is very enjoyable, Graham and Cassie take on an adventure, it is a brilliant idea, but there is a hidden agenda in the trip which they don’t even know about.
Graham was very irritating, he seemed extremely naive and immature but he isn´t that young. . Cassie is fun of energy, ideas and was much more with it than Graham. The Australian Outback is brilliant, I felt the heat in the descriptions, I saw the station that was part of the book. Great writing. I enjoyed the details with the language, both English and Australian. There are only a handful of people in the book, alongside Grahame and Cassie there is Larry and Mara, Fred and Ziggy.
I am pleased I read the book, but I don’t think I will be rushing out to buy more of this authors books. The ending wasn’t wow, it just ended, and I wondered what happened to Fred and Mara.
Novelist Lesley Glaister was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England. She grew up in Suffolk, moving to Sheffield with her first husband, where she took a degree with the Open University. She was ‘discovered’ by the novelist Hilary Mantel when she attended a course given by the Arvon Foundation in 1989. Mantel was so impressed by her writing that she recommended her to her own literary agent.
Lesley Glaister’s first novel, Honour Thy Father (1990), won both a Somerset Maugham Award and a Betty Trask Award. Her other novels include Trick or Treat (1991), Limestone and Clay (1993), for which she was awarded the Yorkshire Post Book Award (Yorkshire Author of the Year), Partial Eclipse (1994) and The Private Parts of Women (1996), Now You See Me (2001), the story of the unlikely relationship between Lamb, a former patient in a psychiatric ward, and Doggo, a fugitive on the run from the police, As Far as You Can Go (2004), a psychological drama, in which a young couple, Graham and Cassie, travel to a remote part of Australia to take up a caretaking job, only to be drawn into the dark secrets of their mysterious employers. Nina Todd Has Gone (2007) was another complex psychological thriller.
Lesley Glaister lives with her husband in Edinburgh with frequent sojourns in Orkney. She has three sons and teaches Creative Writing at the University or St Andrews. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Her new novel Little Egypt will be published in 2014
About the book
File Size: 549 KB
Print Length: 337 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0747574685
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
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