Beth and Lauren are backpackers from California who have run out of money in Western Australia. When they take jobs in a seedy outback bar whose owner hires girls to attract custom from a mining company, they become targets of a group of thuggish men. This is not the usual story of vulnerable women in jeopardy, however, but one in which the victims fight back.
This superb slice of Aussie noir isn't just a fantastic whodunnit, it also shines a light on some important themes. We couldn't get enough of the atmospheric setting and pitch-perfect writing.
Layer upon layer of plot twists ... My only sadness was that I couldn't read it in one go.
A well-researched, page-turning story with characters to root for and some seriously good misdirection. This is excellent outback noir.
Outback noir is having a real moment... This new offering is one to add to the list - in fact, bump it right to the top of the pile ... Just sensational.
Nowadays it seems that hardly a week goes by without the publication of an Australian novel detailing outrageous antics in the outback. This is one of the good ones.
A blisteringly good book. Compulsive, brilliant, atmospheric, and with serious emotional clout. These characters didn't just jump off the page: they pulled me into it. An absolute five star read.
Atmospheric and brooding, this gripping police procedural opened my eyes to modern-day exploitation in outback Australia. Tara is a smart heroine I'd love to read much more of.
A bloody good (and indeed bloody) story of suspense and mystery.