Review: Bereft by Chris Womersley
Author: Chris Womersley
A CRIME UNSPEAKABLE. Australia, 1919. Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint: the birthplace he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of a heinous act. A LIE UNFORGIVABLE. Aware of the townsmen’s vow to hang him, Quinn takes to the surrounding hills. Here, deciding upon his plan of action, and questioning just what he has returned for, he meets Sadie Fox. A BOND UNBREAKABLE. This mysterious girl seems to know, and share, his darkest fear. And, as their bond greatens, Quinn learns what he must do to lay the ghosts of his past, and Sadie’s present, to rest.
Not horror, not in the strictest sense, but horrific nonetheless. This is a superb book, not only for the vivid reminders of the horror of war and the things mankind is capable of, but for the wonderful writing. I was unsure from the blurb if I would like it so downloaded the sample to my Kindle. It captured me from the first line and I have read the whole book greedily. This is not some dismal military tome, far from it, and the aspects of war are deftly woven into a peacetime story. If you’re looking for something that gives pleasure through its language, buy it. You won’t be disappointed. 5 Stars.