Wife On The Run tells the story of a woman who decides to take on her long-desired Aussie adventure after discovering her husband’s infidelity.
I saw parallels between this and Kylie Ladd’s new book, Mothers and Daughters. Both stories take the tedium of motherhood out of suburbia and into the vast Australian landscape and both deal with the ramifications of social media on young people.
But unlike Ladd, this book isn’t based on arbitrary schoolground friendships, but family. It also dares to mix consummated desire into the confusion of marriage breakdown.
As with Higgins’ first book, there was an odd pace to it, though possibly because I was expecting the characters to lap our continent and they seemed to take too long getting to Darwin.
But the characters are where Higgins’ talent lies. I loved Paula (Pow-la – as I kept pronouncing it) and her ongoing vivisection of how her marriage and motherhood had bluntened her.
Paula’s shocking return to normality had me on the verge of tears – desperate for her to uncover further unpalatable truths and step away from domestic oblivion.