Page Count 352
Publication date July 2022
-‘It’s not exactly how I imagined the week starting. An accessory to murder. On the run in the victim’s vehicle . . .’
Charlie and Nao are strangers from different sides of the tracks. They should never have met, but one devastating incident binds them together forever.
A man is dead and now they are unwilling accomplices in his murder there’s only one thing to do: hit the road in the victim’s twin cab ute, with a bag of stolen gold stashed under the passenger seat.
Suddenly outlaws, Nao and Charlie must make their way across Australia’s remote outback using only their wits to survive. They’ll do whatever it takes to evade capture and escape with their lives . . .
Told in first from the perspective of three women, No Country For Girls charts a chase across the outback as two strangers flee the scene of their separate crimes.
I couldn’t decide whether I liked Charlie or hated her. She has a unique voice, very common and crass, a stereotype white trash character which unfortunately made her predictable. At times her feistiness was amusing but she quickly began to grate on me, my sympathy for her situation just about balanced her character.
I didnt feel much for Nao either, she was more of a closed book with another cliché history. I did like the way her story intersected with each character and event within the book, probably the most enjoyable part for me.
Geena has a smaller part to tell in the story but showed a little more sense as the eldest of the three.
The setting was interesting and well written, adding the threats of the heat and desolation to the story gave it extra tension. The use of native slang and reference to local plant and wildlife added much needed dimension to No Country For Girls.
Unfortunately aside from this I found the novel to be very much run-of-the-mill, predictable and generic. I didn’t dislike it but it wouldn’t be my top choice to spend time and money on.