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This is one book I didn t want to end It is a beautifully written story of utmost tragedy and suffering, it s protagonist, Quinn Walker, returning to his small outback hometown after ten years to resolve the murder of his younger sister The catalyst for this was surviving the horrors of WW1, a major theme of this book.He finds the town, indeed the country, he has returned to in the grip of the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1919 In this, he has returned from a horrifying and brutal field of death caused by inhumanity to an equally horrifying one caused by nature.He befriends a rather other worldly girl of 12, Sadie, who has just lost her mother to the disease who naively believes her brother will return from the war to look after her He is initially scared of her resemblance to his dead sister Sadie is also hiding from the same brutality meted out to Quinn s dead sister, Sarah his uncle Robert who is now the town constable.Womersley draws wonderfully rich characters, be they the main ones or even the minor The story has a tangible gothic feel to it, even a sense of magic The ending is dramatic and certainly left me wanting to find outabout what the future holds for Quinn and Sadie but Womersley expertly leave us tantalised with a beautiful epilogue.I recommend this book highly Womersley, to me having read this and Cairo, is an amazingly talented storyteller and I look forward to his future work. As Sergeant Quinn Walker contemplated the vast blue ocean surrounding him with the murmur of the other soldiers behind him, he wondered at life wondered at his survival while many others did not The Military Cross he had received for bravery acts he couldn t remember but received assurances of the lives he had saved The bitterness was deep within him, the savagery intense as he hurled the award far into the ocean, imagining it sinking into the depths as he sometimes wished he could do The troopship Argyllshire was returning the wounded, desolate soldiers home to Australia, home to a land which was suffering terribly from a plague of influenza The year was 1919 when Quinn returned to his home town of Flint in NSW ten years since he had fled after his beloved sister, twelve year old Sarah had been murdered He was unaware when he ran that he was being accused of her murder but knew now that this was the case, and he needed to set things right For Quinn knew who the murderer was and he also knew he was in great danger if he showed himself to the locals The terrors of the plague as people called it had reached Flint as well with Quinn hiding out in the bush, watching the town, watching and trying to work out what to do, he was surprised and shocked to be confronted by a young girl dressed in tattered, torn and ragged clothing, barefoot and mysterious For Sadie Fox had been orphaned her sanctuary was now the bush but her wiles and canniness caused Quinn to fear her And as time and sorrow moved slowly onward through days and weeks, could a war ravaged Quinn find peace at last Would he see justice served and what would happen with young Sadie What an amazing book I thoroughly enjoyed it, and read it very quickly, unable to put it down The depths of this gripping tale of tragedy, love and loss, of the deep need of one man for retribution was haunting I have no hesitation in recommending this novel by Aussie author Chris Womersley highly I would also like to thank my several Goodreads friends who recommended it to me. A CRIME UNSPEAKABLEAustralia,Quinn Walker Returns From The Great War To The New South Wales Town Of Flint The Birthplace He Fled Ten Years Earlier When He Was Accused Of A Heinous ActA LIE UNFORGIVABLEAware Of The Townsmen S Vow To Hang Him, Quinn Takes To The Surrounding Hills Here, Deciding Upon His Plan Of Action, And Questioning Just What He Has Returned For, He Meets Sadie FoxA BOND UNBREAKABLEThis Mysterious Girl Seems To Know, And Share, His Darkest Fear And, As Their Bond Greatens, Quinn Learns What He Must Do To Lay The Ghosts Of His Past, And Sadie S Present, To Rest In 1909 twelve year old Sarah Walker is found brutally raped and murdered in a shed in a small town of Flint in New South Wales Standing over her with the bloodied knife in his hand is her sixteen year old brother Quinn Their father Nathaniel and uncle Robert are the first ones to discover what has just happened Quinn immediately runs off and and no one hears from him until years later when his mother receives a telegram telling her that Quinn was killed in the war.Ten years later Quinn returns to his hometown of Flint which is in the grip of a flu epidemic and his mother is amongst those dying from the epidemic Carrying the physical and mental scars of the war Quinn, has returned to try and find answers and to clear his name from what happened to his sister He hides out in the hills as he knows if someone was to recognise him his life could be in danger Whilst hiding out he comes across a young girl named Sadie Fox Sadie is also hiding out in the hills as she awaits the return of her brother who is returning from the war In some ways Sadie appears to be a mystical character and Quinn sees her as the sister he was unable to protect all those years ago.I quite enjoyed this book although I did feel the ending was a bit rushed as it seemed to be tied up neatly in the last few pages which I felt left the reader wanting just a bitA well written story of murder, mystery, love, loss, and survival and one in which I would recommend. Quinn Walker has returned from WWI to the small home town that he fled 10 years earlier when he was caught red handed holding the knife that killed his 12 year old sister, Sarah As a result his guilt has been assumed by the town and he knows he will be hung if ever caught Now he has returned seeking justice and revenge for his sister s death Finding the town in the grips of the 1919 flu epidemic, he hides out in the bush where he encounters a strange, mystical young girl, Sadie, recently orphaned by the flu who is also hiding from authorities Their joint grief and loss draws them together to form a strong mutual bond Chris Womersley writes beautifully and has created a evocative picture of the grief that Quinn has carried for 10 years, mourning his sister s loss The story also has a very distinctive Australian feel with atmospheric descriptions of the Australian bush Although the characters of Quinn and Sadie were quite well developed, I would have liked a bitcharacter development for some of the others involved, maybe providing some insight into their behaviour I also felt the ending was a bit rushed and could have been used to provideanswers into why Sarah was killed However, overall it was a well written engrossing tale of love, loss and revenge. Bereft by Chris WomersleyIts 1919 and Quinn Walker has returned from the great war, physically and mentally scarred in so many ways After experiencing the atrocities of war, he keenly misses his family..especially his mother..he wants to return to his home town of Flint in western New South Wales, but is unsure of the reception that awaits him if he returns there after so longin exile.Ten years earlier at age sixteen, Quinn suddenly fled his home and family after he was discovered by his father and uncle in a disused shed, kneeling beside the body of his much beloved twelve year old sister with a bloodied knife in his hand and blood on his clothes.His sister had been brutally raped and stabbed to death.Quinn was suddenly terrified at the sight of his father and his uncle Robert s appearance, he quickly fled the scene and ran, and ran until he dropped His shock and fear were so great as to literally render him speechless, and it wasn t until much later, when he had somewhat come to his senses, that he discovered he was being blamed and hunted for his sister s murder.He couldn t return home.Now ten years later and, like many others returning home from the war wearing his army uniform, Quinn is on a train heading to country NSW with no idea in his mind of what he will do or find when he arrives He wants to make amends for his running away but doesn t know if that is even possible.On the train he is encouraged by a fellow traveller to cover his face with a mask, not so much because of the ugly and disfiguring mess of pulpy scars which show half of his jaw missing from a shrapnel wound, but because of the risk of contamination due to the Flu epidemic now sweeping the country and killing people in their thousands The epidemic has even reached his small town of Flint.People are afraid, suspicious and even superstitious, they don t believe its the Flu that s killing people so quickly They believe it is somethingsinister, like the plague, and conjure all manner of ways to avert or forestall it What awaits Quinn at his destination is the beginning of the rest of this remarkable story, which culminates in a conclusion that is both surprising and..This is not edge of your seat type of suspense, yet it is compelling all the same This is a very well written story, with beautiful eloquent turns of phrase and descriptions which make it a page turner because of its ability to hold the reader captive.A great read I can highly recommend this book to any lover of a good book, without reservation.4.5 s The blurb of BEREFT describes it as a gothic novel dark and brooding And after looking in my dictionary I discovered that the word bereft is a verb of the word bereaves which means to deprive and make desolate as a result of death Sure sums up the basis of this very well written novel So well written in fact, that it is hard to do justice to it in a review, but I will do my best, I don t have the mastery for writing that Chris Womersley undoubtable has.Opening in 1909 Quinn Walker is assumed to have killed his younger sister when he is found hunched over her body with a bloody knife in his hand in the middle of a storm His guilt is confirmed in the eyes of the community because he ran off into the night after the discovery and has not been seen since by anyone, and his father and uncle vow to string Quinn up from the nearest tree if they do see him.Quinn spends a few years wandering around finding odd jobs to do until he ends up in the Army fighting on the frontline in Gallipoli and then France On his return to Australia, now a decorated soldier, Quinn is drawn back to his home town and hides out in the hills near the family property.Quinn is definitely suffering from shell shock Haunted by terrible memories of battle, the suffocating stench of gas, injured men calling for help that will never come and other atrocities, he is barely keeping it together mentally often suffering from flashbacks At this point he meets up with a 12 year old orphan called Sadie Fox She is also hiding in the hills above the town hiding from Robert Dalton, Quinn s uncle who she believes wants to do unspeakable things to her She rescues Quinn from discovery by his uncle, who is now the policeman of Flint Being befriended and looked after by Sadie gives Quinn the chance to protect, and rescue her from violent harm, as he had not been able to do with his sister In turn, Sadie nags, provokes, Quinn to right some past wrongs and get his life of misery back on track.BEREFT is very well written, eloquent, captivating and suspenseful book that never allows the reader to fully understand what is going on, but leaves them satisfied that they have just read something incredible and wanting . There is only so much one can read about little girls murdered by big bad men I know it makes for an easy plot, but, dear writers, give me a break And it is such a shame, because Chris Womersley knows how to write As in he can produce beautiful sentences He can create great atmosphere there is Australia, First World War and epidemic There could be a way better story cooked with those ingredients but Womersley goes for the clich I m yet to read a book where the big bad child murderer pedophile is actually a character rather than a cardboard cut out You could swap all the big bad men around all those books and no one would notice.It s easy to write a story out a big drama like that and it s easy to forgo any nuances in the characters personalities I wish there was as much TLC given to the description of them as there was given to portraying the landscape Also, building up the tension is a fairly simple task It s delivering the resolution afterwards that really measures the writer s talent And I can t say that Womersley knocked my socks off with the ending The two main characters Quinn, the older brother of the murdered girl, and Sadie an orphan he meets in the bushes upon his return to his home town The two of them are ghostlike carrying on on the fringe of the real life , and as cliche as it would ve been, a clear sixth sense sort of ending might ve saved this book for me.What s , I listened to this book on my ipod read by Dan Wyllie, who has got a very low, husky voice and a sexy Australian accent , which is all great, as long as he doesn t have to do a twelve year old girl, which sadly he does as she one of the main characters It definitely added creepiness to this book fairly creepy already.Chris Womersley is lucky I m a sucker for beautiful writing, so I gave Bereft three stars, because in all honesty Jodi Picoult writes this book so much better. 4 Bloody hell Bloody hell Still the snake unravelled He began to shuffle backwards but his stuttering progress was stymied by a branch that snagged on the shoulder of his uniform He felt faint He mumbled a prayer.Then, in an instant, a hand swooped to grasp the snake about its neck The girl stood before him with the flailing serpent in a slender, two fisted grip The snake spat and writhed and looped its long body around her forearm Grimacing with effort, she unwound it from her pale arm, stepped past Quinn and measuring the throw several times before she released it tossed the snake back down the gully in the direction Quinn had come her face was flushed with fear and delight when she turned to him, as if the experience were a lark from theBoy s Own Paper .Quinn Walker has stumbled home to Flint in country NSW after surviving WW1, just He is a physical and nervous wreck, suffering from having been gassed and blasted nearly deaf in the trenches of France The girl, Sadie, leads him deeper into the bush he was too exhausted and too fearful to think clearly The landscape afforded little in the way of a view There were only the ragged regiments of trees with sheets of bark unravelling from their trunks, their oddly angled branches clutching at the air Cockatoos screeched overhead His story begins, however, in the prologue, where we meet him as a happy child, romping and cavorting around the countryside, led by his adored, spirited younger sister, Sarah Their older brother, William, isn t interested in their childish adventures Life is wonderful until one day, when the kids haven t come home yet, his father discovers him at a crime scene in a cabin in the bush.Quinn panics, flees in terror without saying a word, disappears, and years later his parents receive a letter from the government saying he has been killed in action That s the first news they d had since he d left Now we see him, still a fearful man, and badly damaged by war, coming back to his hometown to hide in the bush above his family s farm, watching his father come and go His mother is dying of influenza, so neighbours are leaving food and his father is speaking to her through the window Quinn wants to see her before she dies and tell her he is innocent.The snake wrangling girl above is another runaway Both parents have died and she is hiding from the law, waiting for her soldier brother to return home She is a bit of a witch, and Quinn is so haunted by memories of his sister and his war experiences that they make quite a pair.His face is badly disfigured from a shell burst, and with a beard he would be hard to recognise But he s terrified not only of ghosts and demons but also of the local constable, so he tries to stay hidden.Along with the terrible losses from the war, thousands of people were dying from influenza then Having the flu was no small matter and people treated it with quarantines, much as they did The Black Plague of the Middle Ages I do hope the new strains moving around today s world don t cause that level of mortality The 1918 H1N1 wiped out 3 5% of the world s population, mostly young adults, not the babies and elderly s a dark story with magical elements that seem believable to anyone who has spent time alone in the bush Who s to say what s real Who s to say how afraid we would be or what we would risk or how much we would trust a child to help us stay safe The title comes from a conversation about losing childrenThere isn t even a word for a parent who has lost a child Strange, isn t it You would think, after all these centuries of war and disease and trouble, but no, there is a hole in the English language It is unspeakable Bereft. Strong story well told. BLURBA CRIME UNSPEAKABLE Australia, 1919 Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint the birthplace he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of a heinous act A LIE UNFORGIVABLE Aware of the townsmen s vow to hang him, Quinn takes to the surrounding hills Here, deciding upon his plan of action, and questioning just what he has returned for, he meets Sadie Fox A BOND UNBREAKABLE This mysterious girl seems to know, and share, his darkest fear And, as their bond greatens, Quinn learns what he must do to lay the ghosts of his past, and Sadie s present, to rest.COMMENTSI was hesitant about this book Bleak and Beautiful, said someone on the cover Well, it turned out to be just that Grim, disturbing, tragic Yet, compelling, gripping, atmospheric, magic realism, and very well written A crime novel among the best Australian goth It felt like it.Quinn Walker carried a song from the Great War with him He would not remember it until the twelve year old girl in the dense forest of New South Wales sang it again In the sweet bye and bye We shall meet on that beautiful shore In the sweet bye and bye We shall meet on that beautiful shore When Margaret, the young girl with the rust colored hair sang it during a seance in Europe, it brought a message from his beloved sister When Sadie sang it that night, he remembered the note, and then he knew why he had to come back Wilson s Point toldthan one story, and Sarah needed him to hear them.My favorite quote from the book We adapt to our sorrows, I suppose, as unpleasant as they may be One cannot weep forever One simply runs dry of tears. I am glad I did not put it down It was excellent A fast moving plot in which the smells, tastes, colors and every other nuance of the story nestled on the senses Perfect length My only gripe the WWI suffering was over empathized Too much However, the story lingers and lingers Ingrained in memory.