2016 Reviews · Australian · contemporary fiction · environment · romance · rural ficition · suspense

Book Review: Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton


Book blurb:

Helicopter pilot Ellie Porter loves her job. Soaring above the glorious Kakadu National Park, she feels freed from the heavy losses of her beloved family farm and the questions around her father’s suicide. But when a search-and-rescue mission on the boundary of the older property reveals unusual excavation works, Ellie vows to investigate.

The last thing she needs is her bad-tempered co-pilot, Kane McLaren, interfering. The son of the current owners of the farm, her attraction to him is a distraction she can’t afford, especially when someone threatens to put a stop to her inquiries – by any means necessary.

Ellie will have to trust Kane if she is to have any hope of uncovering the truth of what is really going on. Between Ellie’s damage and Kane’s secrets, can they find a way to open up to each other before the shadowy forces shut her up… for good?

4.5 stars

If you have ever wanted to visit to one of the truly breathtaking wonders of our beautiful country Kakadu, but can’t afford to go at this stage, then reading Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton is easily the next best thing to visiting.

Kakadu Sunset features sassy protagonist Ellie Porter. Ellie is a helicopter pilot who works for a resort, taking tourists for flights to Kakadu National Park. Ellie is a woman passionate about her local environment, but mourns the loss of her father to suicide and her family’s mango farm. One day while taking a flight over her old property, Ellie sees suspicious markings on the ground that points to illegal mining. Works of this nature are banned on Ellie’s old property as it borders the protected Kakadu National Park. Ellie is joined by a new colleague Kane and she must decide if she can trust him to help her get to the bottom of the strange movements happening at her old home.

Kakadu Sunset is the first book I have read from Annie Seaton and I enjoyed it so much that I cannot wait for the next instalment in this planned trilogy of books. Ellie is a character who is fantastically cast, she is a great female lead, strong, fearless and she comes with a compelling back-story concerning her past. Ellie is paired well with male lead Kane, a young man who shares the same vocation as Ellie but has own set of secrets that he keeps close to his chest. Their romance has moments of uncertainty, drama, trust and heat. The main storyline offers the reader a superb mesh of genres from romance, suspense, mystery, adventure and crime. Kakadu Sunset also incorporates a range of themes from the environment, land rights, mining, corruption, loss and relationships. By far, the setting is the real gem of this novel. Throughout the novel I felt I was transported to a truly magnificent part of Australia. Seaton’s prose eloquently evokes her depth of understanding of her setting, allowing Seaton to draw her reader directly into the surroundings she is painting.

I am happy to have discovered a new author who writes so beautifully about our country. Annie Seaton’s novel Kakadu Sunset, is a refined and compelling story of love and trust, set against a backdrop concerning the preservation of our environment. This book comes highly recommended.

Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton was published in 2016 by Pan MacMillan Australia


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