For a carefree British couple, the Aussie outback becomes a nightmare in this “erotic psychological thriller” from the award-winning author (The Independent).
What better way to flee a dreary English winter than a temporary job tending a sheep farm in sunbaked western Australia? For Cassie, a teacher of organic gardening, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. For her commitment-phobic boyfriend, Graham, the arid red-rock landscapes could provide new inspiration for his painting.
But the ramshackle sheering station of Woolagong is further from civilization than they anticipated. There is no radio, telephone, or electricity, and though they send letters home, they’ve yet to receive a response. Their only other companions are their peculiar employers, Larry and Mara, who stay sedated in a shed. As Cassie and Graham wonder why they came, everything warps in the stifling heat: their sense of direction, their sex drives, their feelings of safety, and their perception of right and wrong. For the both of them, leaving is no longer an option. Only escape.
The Australian outback has been a source of psychological menace in such works as Walkabout, Wake in Fright, The Last Wave, and Wolf Creek. In As far as You Can Go, Somerset Maugham Award winner Lesley Glaister lends her talents to the untapped potentials of this “sun-baked hell . . . cranking up the tension in every possible way. The gripping result is guaranteed to make any flight to Oz go faster.” —The Guardian
“Before Gillian Flynn, there was Lesley Glaister.” —Harper’s Bazaar