Published December 2014
In Lesley Glaister’s spellbinding outback thriller, a young couple’s flight from a cold and dreary English winter traps them in a sunbaked nightmare
For Cassie, the ad in the newspaper is a dream come true. Spending a year managing a farm in western Australia away from everything and everyone she and her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Graham, know could be exactly what he needs to realize it’s time to think about getting married and starting a family.
But their fantasy adventure isn’t quite what Cassie imagined. Woolagong, an old sheep station, is on the remote fringes of the desert, where the weather is stifling hot all the time. And the outback is crawling with all manner of lethal creatures. There’s no telephone, no radio, and no electricity—no contact with the outside world. Cassie and Graham send letters home but never receive any in return.
And then there are the employers. Larry and his wife, Mara, live a very private life, which includes some peculiar habits. But what most unsettles Cassie and Graham is the distinct feeling that they’re being watched.
Filled with menace and a creeping sense of dread, As Far as You Can Go is Lesley Glaister at her spine-chilling best.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.
The book follows an English couple, Cassie and Graham on an adventure of a lifetime. Cassie and Graham move to Australia to work in the outback for a year. Cassie is hired as a cook and Graham to support a woman with mental health needs, with art. Very slowly, Cassie realizes that things are not what they seem.
I found this an incredibly weak psychological thriller, with little in the way of fear or menace. When I say little, I mean none at all. I spent most of the book day dreaming of alternative chilling Hannibal style twists.
The first half of the book moved at a snail’s pace. The perspective of the drama came from the couple, as they adapted to the strange isolated environment and too much time was spent on this. I became impatient for anything to happen. In the second half, I could see how the couple were being manipulated. This was ultimately ruined by a poor ending. I would have preferred something horrible to have happened to Cassie and Graham.
I was totally disappointed overall. This book had a great deal of potential, but lacked pace and had no real sense of fear. Such a shame!