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...more
I related to parts of the novel very much. I remember my first heartbreak came from a guy who gave me mixed messages but turned out to be 'straight'. I think it's important for stories to some ...more
The writing style was kind of strange and hard to get used to because the main story happening in this takes place in 1997 when Sebastian met Jake, but we get chapters from 2017, 2005 and ev ...more
5 / 5 Stars
I am not sure where to begin, other than by saying that I was genuinely blown away. I did not expect the story that came from these pages; I was, for lack of better words, gob smacked by the end, in the best way. Essentially, the main character, Seb, receives a call from an old friend, Jake, and from there we a ...more
When Seb moves to The Nowhere with his father and brother, he didn’t imagine his life would turn out the way it did. Each day, exactly the same. Work on the farm, in the blistering sun, dream of a different life. A better life.
Until one day a new family moves in next door. Seb thinks his luck might have just changed. Could Jake, the enigmatic boy with a dangerous glint in his eye, be his ticket out of The Nowhere?
An absolutely brilliant novel! I was alre ...more
That ending was not what I expected at all and I've only just managed to put all the bits of my heart back together so thanks for that ha. But no seriously the writing of this book is brilliant , the ability to write something that is so easy to get into and keeps you hooked and guessing all the way to the end , that's a talent right there! I know if a book is good for me personally because wh ...more
I also really enjoyed the format! Seb tell h ...more
- The Nowhere, Chris Gill
When Seb's mother died, his life changed dramatically. His father, Stuart, dragged Seb and his younger brother away from Perth city to move to the country and fulfil his dream of becoming a cattle farmer. Far from civili ...more
One of the strengths of 'The Nowhere' is how the loneliness and isolation of rural Australia has been evoked, somewhat reminiscent of Jane Harper's work, but done in a ...more
It is a story of one sided love, family drama, friendship, teenage desires, and broken dreams.
I loved the way the author transitioned to and fro past and present. Revealing just enough to keep the story going on while maintaining the curiosity of the reader.
The characters are great. They are influenced by th ...more
"The Nowhere" reads somewhat like a cross between contemporary fiction & young adult, Chris Gill is truly a talented writer who pulls you in right from the first page. The multiple timelines worked well here - this had an air of mystery to it, the mantra repeated throughout continuously had me on edge trying to figure out what ex ...more
Two boys. Two farms. One deadly secret.
The story jumps present and past. Seb is telling his story.
Seb is gay. But that's not a deadly secret.
Seventeen-year-old Seb lives on a farm with his father and brother in The Nowhere.
Seb doesn't like to live on farm. He was alone until one day Jack moves in next door Or farm.
Eventually Seb and Jake become friend and both make an escape plan so they could run away from their miserable farm life.
In between seb calls a friend to work on farm and t ...more
I thought the book was well written and I liked how it was structured. You watch the story unfold through the present time and through flashbacks of the past. It was nice to see how the main character developed and changed throughout different times of his life. I will say, it was a bit slow in the beginning and I wasn’t gripped from the start. However, it did p ...more
The bio led me to believe that this would be your typical romance, two boys who are next door neighbors bond and eventually fall in love. While love is a player in this particular story, more than anything it's about relationships and the importance of family.
There are two main characters, Sebastian who's moved from Perth to the Nowhere with his dad and little brother, and Jake ...more
Amongst the narrative, is a steady peppering of raw, honest, and oftentimes self-prejudicial neuroses, that serve as a constant reminder of the challenges faced by anyone growing up and living with a sexuality of which so many people have spent so many years vilifying, and still do.
It’s a p ...more
This novel reads like moving poetry and the prose are expansive! It takes place in Australia, though I’ve not been the continent itself is its own character which was beautiful to experience.
I feel as if I’ve made a genuine friend in Sebastian and completely resonate with all his trials and growth on a deeply personal level.
Beautiful character development and a tough book to put down for sure m ...more
You will feel many different emotions as you turn each page, following the trials and tribulations of Seb – a sympathetic character I found I could often resonate with.
‘The Nowhere’ is beautifully written by Chris Gill and I’m very much looking forward to his next book.
The Nowhere' tells a story of a 17-year-old boy named Seb, against the scenery of the Australian bush, who is dealing with a huge secret, but not the one that readers first think. Gill's writing tugs at your heartstrings, using thoughtful techniques across the story to really engage the reader with the emotions of the characters, and allow the audience to relate back emotionally in ways they haven't be ...more
Chris was born in Eastbourne in the UK and moved to New Zealand with his family at age two. He spent six years in Auckland, before returning to the UK with his family and living in Sussex. He studied Journalism at university in Hampshire.
On graduating, Chris began a career in copywriti ...more