I actually borrowed this book from my library but it was requested by somebody else and I had to return it before I had a chance to read it. I was interested enough to buy it instead and I'm so glad I did. I normally enjoy historical fiction but initially I wasn't sure if this may be slightly too much of a light romance type read for me, (I was judging by the cover!)but I was fascinated by the synopsis and historical element of the Nuclear testing in Australia which I had not heard of before.
The story centres around British nuclear weapons testing in Maralinga, an area of remote Australian desert in the 1950's and how it affects the people involved, the soldiers posted there, their friends and loved ones, the secrecy and need to know, and of course the Aboriginal people in the area.
I found the sections set in Maralinga totally engrossing, at times finding it hard to put the book down. Ms Nunn has clearly done her research and presented a well thought out and plausible account of the things that may have happened there. The plight of the local Aboriginals is portrayed brilliantly and the small sections telling their story are perhaps the best written parts of the book.
I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 as I did feel that the relationship between Elizabeth and Daniel, especially in the first quarter of the book, was a little wooden and contrived, and some parts of the writing at the beginning seemed a little stilted. Also there were parts where the author re iterated information very soon after events as if the reader may have already forgotten. These were very few though and generally i found this a well written gripping and thought provoking book. I would definately recommend it, and have seeked out a few of Judy Nunn's other books. I've now passed Maralinga on to my Dad who is equally gripped.