”It was one thing to put the past behind you, but it was another thing entirely to pretend that it never existed.”
You don’t need to be a horse lover to enjoy this story of letting go of the past and moving forward but it will definitely appeal to all horse lovers. Cook’s love of horses shines through in her writing.
Charlie is sent to Naringup to investigate a possible Hendra related horse death. The only problem is Naringup used to be the place she called home and when she left 15 years ago she vowed never to return.
The major plot tackles the serious issue of the deadly Hendra virus in the horse industry with minor plots of domestic violence and overcoming adversity. The introduction of Joel as a romantic interest and friend lightens up the heavy topics explored.
Definitely for readers who like a strong female lead but I feel Charlie was too work focused and at times came across as bombastic and heartless. She showed no empathy for the farmers and their plight.
I enjoy Pamela Cook’s writing style and I will certainly be reading her two previous novels. Blackwattle Creek and Essie’s Way.