Today I am reviewing on its publication day Catch Us The Foxes by Nicola West, published by Simon & Schuster
Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don’t dare let out…
Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town
Ambitious young journalist Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small home town. While begrudgingly covering the annual show for the local newspaper, Lo is horrified to discover the mutilated corpse of her best friend – the town’s reigning showgirl, Lily Williams.
Seven strange symbols have been ruthlessly carved into Lily’s back. But when Lo reports her grisly find to the town’s police chief, he makes her promise not to tell anyone about the symbols. Lo obliges, though it’s not like she has much of a choice – after all, he is also her father.
When Lily’s murder makes headlines around the country and the town is invaded by the media, Lo seizes the opportunity to track down the killer and make a name for herself by breaking the biggest story of her life.
What Lo uncovers is that her sleepy home town has been harbouring a deadly secret, one so shocking that it will captivate the entire nation.
Lo’s story will change the course of her life forever, but in a way she could never have dreamed of.
Catch Us The Foxes is the debut psychological thriller by Australian author Nicola West and is a chilling read. Set in the small coastal New South Wales town of Kiama, the story follows ambitious journalist Marlowe and the murder of her best friend Lily. Not happy with the police investigation, Marlowe takes matters into her own hands in search of the killer.
I’m not going to lie, this book had me at its reference to Twin Peaks, which is an absolute masterpiece and my all time favourite television show. Anytime I see it used as a reference, it immediately piques my curiosity and this tale certainty has the same vibe which I throughly enjoyed.
The mystery had me invested and glued to the pages and there were plenty of suspects to have you second guessing. Nicola West does a great job of throwing you off the scent and there are so many twists, with each outdoing the previous! You are taken on one thrilling rollercoaster ride.
The use of the real town of Kiama was a bold move given that it is not portrayed in the best light but, how it is depicted is essential to the storyline. This has caused some angst among some readers, but I’m sure if any of the residents read this they will know it is just a story.
Catch Us The Foxes is very different to what I normally read in the genre, which is what makes it stand out and unique. Beautifully written, great characterisation and engrossing from beginning to end, Nicola West is an exciting new voice that I look forward to reading more from.
Thanks to Nicola West, Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Cath Us The Foxes, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Nicola West
Nicola West is the daughter of a third-generation police officer and grew up in a bucolic coastal town in New South Wales. After moving to Sydney to pursue a career in journalism, she vowed to be as far removed from both her hometown and her father’s profession as possible – that is until she found herself writing a novel about both topics.
In addition to being one of eight young writers chosen to take part in Express Media’s 2018 Toolkits: Fiction program, Nicola was also selected for the Australian Society of Authors’ 2019 Award Mentorship Program. She was a mentee of bestselling author Monica McInerney. Her debut novel, Catch Us the Foxes will be published by Simon & Schuster on July 7th 2021.