Jake Whyte has two stories told in this novel. In one, she is living on a remote island somewhere in Britain, farming some sheep and trying to remain alone, although circumstances force her to form unwanted relationships. The other, told backwards, is of a woman moving through Western Australia running from her past, a past that is revealed in slow and often painful detail.
It is an interesting book. Jake is a character that, while I can’t say I particularly liked her, I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her to be safe and secure, and to find some peace in the world, as she seemed in sorrowful battle with something; herself, her past, people in her past, beasts of all kinds.