Review: Tracking North by Kerry McGinnis

Title: Tracking North

Author: Kerry McGinnis

Published: Penguin Au March 2014

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Status: Read from March 27 to 29, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

Tracking North, Kerry McGinnis’s fourth novel, is an engaging story of family and second chances set in the stunning Gulf country.

Kelly Roberts’ life is turned upside down when she suddenly finds herself widowed with two children. Forced to leave the station that had been her family’s home, Kelly dreads the idea of moving into town, or in with her mother who disapproved of her marriage, so when her father-in-law, Quinn, offers them a place at nearby Evergreen Springs she accepts his invitation as a temporary arrangement. But the longer she stays, the harder it is to contemplate leaving…

Set in the spectacular Gulf Country, which ranges across the northern borders of Queensland and the Northern Territory to the Gulf of Carpentaria, it’s clear the author has an intimate understanding of life in the remote regions of outback Australia, particularly its challenges in relation to the everyday tasks that urban dwellers take for granted. Grocery shopping and collecting the mail entails hours of driving over rutted, dirt roads, electricity is provided by temperamental and noisy generators, the children rely on the School of the Air for education or must be sent away and for weeks every year the Wet Season limits their access to the world beyond their doorstep. I really enjoyed this glimpse into a life so different from mine and its challenges and joys.

Though I admired Kelly’s strength and resourcefulness, there were times when I found her a little priggish, especially in relation to her father in law, Quinn and his ambitions. I felt for her though as she struggled with her son’s growing independence, her guilt over the final moments she spent with her husband and her fears for the future. I loved Quinn unreservedly, a hard working, wise old bushie with a huge heart and a few tricks up sleeve.

Though the focus of Tracking North is on family, McGinnis introduces suspense into the story when Twice stumbles upon a dead body and clandestine airstrip on the border of Evergreen Springs. There is also a low key romance that the author develops between Kelly and police sergeant Frank Watson.

Tracking North is a well written, lovely contemporary novel that I really enjoyed and I hope to read more by McGinnis soon.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Apr 02, 2014 @ 15:56:42

    I like family stories and this one set in Australia would be a new read for me.



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