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Oyster by Janette Turner Hospital
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The town is quite and the people are hiding something. 'Oyster' is about a town in the middle of the outback, Outer Maroo is so remote it’s not on any maps. So far from anywhere that anything could happen and no-one would know.

This story creeps up on you. Hospital expertly teases by revealing only parts, dropping only hints. As the pieces fall into place, the pace quickens. Religious fanaticism, black-market opals, outback rednecks, fear, heat and isolation combine with fascinating characters and result in a tense climax.

Hosptial is a skilful storyteller; her lyrical images and desert mirages lingered with me for days after I finished reading this book.
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