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Review: The Nowhere by Chris Gill

The Nowhere by Chris Gill

Two boys. Two farms. One deadly secret.

Every day’s the same on the farm. Seventeen-year-old Seb rides his quad bike alongside his dad and cattle dog, dreaming about a different life. A life that doesn’t require him to spend all day in the blistering sun. Where the nearest town isn’t a forty-minute drive away with a population of less than three hundred people. Where he can talk to someone who isn’t his little brother or short-tempered father.

So when new neighbours move into the derelict farm on the opposite side of the shrub, Seb hopes his luck is finally about to change. Could Jake, the enigmatic boy with a dangerous glint in his eye, be his ticket out of The Nowhere? And if so, how far are they both willing to go to escape?

Fast forward two decades and Seb’s working as a nurse back in Perth. With his dad living in his home, Seb is tormented by the demons that have followed him his entire adult life. He begins confiding in his caring colleague Sandra, who convinces him the only way he’ll be able to move forward is to exorcise his ghosts and seek closure.

But when Jake calls out the blue telling Seb he’s coming to visit, Seb has to decide whether he’s ready to face exactly what happened that summer. On the night that forever changed not only the lives of the two boys, but that of their entire families.

Youthful, brutal and ferociously fantastic, The Nowhere is a coming-of-age novel about aspiration and isolation, sexuality and sadness, love, loss, and how life changes. Despite his best efforts, Seb learns that secrets can’t be kept forever. The truth always comes out eventually.

– Synopsis

You Can’t keep it Secret forever, the Truth always comes out eventually

The Nowhere, Chris Gill

The Nowhere tells the story of Seb, a Teenage boy growing up in the Outback, struggling to find belonging and companionship, that is until a new family moves in next door, and he meets the enigmatic Jake. Jumping back and forth between present and past, as he tries to accept the choices of his past. I loved that even though this is definitely a coming-of-age story, It has this fantastic Mystery involved that was to so beautifully weaved into the story.

I also really enjoyed the format! Seb tell his story over a non-linear story, using flashbacks too – 1997 and 1998, his youth, which is the main part of the story, and then into the 2000’s and then finally 2018 and 2019. I loved the 1997/1998 years and reading about Seb’s time in The Nowhere, in Rural Western Australia. The Characters are great. They are greatly influenced by their Pasts but are trying to move on, trying to get closure.

The Writing is Brilliant. I thought this book was well written and structured extremely well. I was genuinely blown away! I loved this book from start to finish and never once became bored of it, which for me is quite amazing, even though I love reading, I also lack concentration and focus, and often find my mind drifting off, that never once happened with this book. I read this book in less than 24 hours and could not put it down, I loved every second of it and the mystery aspect of it kept me intrigued

That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. Also, I’m really sorry I haven’t been very active on here in a while, I’m trying to get back into blogging regularly, but until then, if you would like to see more from me, please go check out my Instagram, I post more regularly on there!