8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Stark, sparse and beautiful,
This review is from: Diamond Dove (Paperback)
In one sense this is a fairly simple "whodunnit" with false leads, twists and turns and a very engaging lead character. The murder of an aboriginal elder is not as straight forward as it seems, the main suspect is more than he seems. Add in a misfit, sparky heroine, some aboriginal mysticism and a few rednecks and you get something beyond the ordinary. THe book's setting lifts it out of the ordinary, or rather, Hyland's description of the Australian outback raises it above the bar. The outback is one of the main characters in this book and influences each and every character in some way or another. The book is full or a wry, dry humour and the main character, Emily Tempest is one of the most vividly realised heroines Ive ever come across. Its a very visual book with beautifully described settings and characters. It amazes me that Hyland can paint such clear pictures with fairly sparse language. Its not an over wordy book. Every word serves a purpose.
This is a great read and a book I will read again and would recommend to others.