With shades of Water for Elephants and True Grit, a stunning debut novel set in the Australian outback about a female horse thief, her bid for freedom, and the two men trying to capture her.
It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, Jessie is on the run.
Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler, and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her.
Two men crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head: one her lover, the other the law.
But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her—her own child, who awaits her.
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The UntoldUser Review - Donna Bettencourt - Book Verdict
Collins's gripping debut novel is based on a legendary wild woman who roamed a rugged valley in 1920s Australia. On the run after murdering her abusive husband, Fitz, 26-year-old Jessie delivers her ... Read full review
Review: The UntoldUser Review - Karin Slaughter - Goodreads
I really, really enjoyed this. The writing reminded me a bit of early Emma Donoghue (Slammerkin, my fave). I wish that there was a photo of the real-life Jessie, though. Highly recommend for lovers of historical fiction and murder. Read full review