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A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of a novel!
on 26 April 2004
For much of the reading of this book I could barely bear to turn thepages, but at the same time, I couldn't put it down. It is quite thesimply the most breathlessly exciting story I've read in ages, as sexy andvivid as it is chilling and disturbing.
The tale begins with a job advertisement in a paper, asking for a coupleto help run an old sheep station in a remote part of Australia. Cassie andGraham take the job in a bid to save their troubled relationship, but theyare about to find out what 'trouble' really means. As soon as they arrive,there is the strong sense that things aren't going to run at all smoothly.Larry is too clever, too clean, and his 'meaty' wife Mara seems to spendher days sedated and sweaty in a shed. There is a uneasy feeling ofmalevolence and claustrophobia in their surroundings, despite the beautyand expanse of the outback. And if the interaction between the four maincharacters is awkward to begin with, it quickly escalates to a primalhotbed of desires and hatreds and fears, leading to breathless andshattering consequences.
This book is an erotic and psychological thriller, but there is also ahorror story quality about it. Glaister mixes a good dose of dark humourinto the novel too, alleviating the fright-factor with quaint Englishtouches. She has an amazing insight into what makes people tick, makingher characters more believable, and this, in turn, cranks up the tensioneven more.
This is a thrilling book that I highly recommend to any reader who likes abit more bite to their bedtime stories.