The Wolf Hour BY Sarah Myles, Allen & Unwin, $32.99
Australian author Sarah Myles has conjured up a thriller that races across Africa, while unpicking the relationships between two adult children, and their Australianbased parents.
Siblings Tessa and Stephen are both in Africa, she working with helping child soldiers recover from trauma in Uganda, he in Capetown living on the edge of a legal business involving gun running and more.
When rebels kidnap Tessa in a remote and dangerous location her parents’ relationship begins to disintegrate as they rush to Africa. Stephen is called upon and manages to mount a rescue mission.
While The Wolf Hour is a seat-ofthe-pants thriller, with many balls in the air, it’s also about the dynamics of a family in which the past is no longer relevant to the present. Can Tessa be rescued, can her father cope with the darkness that has descended on the relationships within his family? —