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Bleak, bloody and brutal,
This review is from: All the Birds, Singing (Hardcover)
"It's been seven months and I covered my tracks"
This is a harsh story of destruction, desolation and almost despair, set in a grim landscape of an unnamed British island. Jake is a young Australian sheep-farmer who lives alone, avoids company, and refuses to even name her dog anything more personal than Dog. The killing of some of her sheep triggers a circular narrative which leads us back into her past, and an explanation of how her life has come to be what it is.
The story here is one not unfamiliar in fiction but the writing is what lifts this out of the ordinary. Wyld writes with acute sensitivity and control, and creates an atmosphere of brooding dread. The images she conjures up are often chilling with a cruel and vicious edge to them which permeate the book: the guinea pigs given away in a shop and fed to a snake, the hordes of spiders which spill out of a crack in a bedroom wall.
So this isn't a light, throwaway read, it's far too fierce and violent for that - but if you want something dark written with muscular, bloody and raw prose, this is highly recommended.