Today's blog featured a book review on an interesting little story by Jack Byrne called The Billabong. This story pulled me in and kept me there, with the only thing really breaking my focus was that the cover image didn’t seem to match the ages of the characters as they were portrayed in the writing. I loved that they were older characters, but they looked so young on the cover for the life experiences they’d had.
I loved the way the relationship slowly formed, but wow, what a twist when Mark’s secrets got revealed. That was when the excitement really kicked in. I wasn’t sure what Jim was going to do until he sprang into action and what action he took, I doubt readers will see it coming, just as I never imagined what was going to take place.
I did find myself wishing that this was fleshed out more, I would have loved to have seen more of the details of them together in the outback, coming to know and fall for one another, but for the most part, it really seemed glossed over between major events.
It was sad to hear Mark’s story of what had sent him on the run in the first place. It was clear, from the beginning that he was a good man, so even once he was imprisoned and the charges were relayed to Jim it was easy to believe that there was more to the story than the reader was being told. I really found myself hoping that they would be able to stay ahead of the law and have a happy life together, especially with how much Jim gave up for Mark.
Check out the novel summary and other Goodreads reviews here.
A Solid Three Dancing Hamsters from me.