on 8 March 2006
I was very impressed with Krabbe's "The Vanishing" and so I picked this up as soon as I saw it. Like "The Vanishing" it's a short novel and tells a simple, but compelling story. Unlike "The Vanishing" it doesn't maintain that to the end.
Jacques Bekker's flight is delayed in Sydney and he uses the time to locate his first love. He finds her just as she is getting ready to disappear from her old life. The old control she had over him comes back and he follows her into the outback.
The first three-quarters of the book are gripping but with each new set-up in the later stages a little of the tension is lost.
But Krabbe does capture the incredible remoteness of much of the outback and he paints a convincing picture of lives looking for meaning.
Overall though, it is a disappointment next to "The Vanishing".