Your Preview Verdict: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

Your Preview Verdict: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

Lost & Found meets The Rosie Project in a stunning break-out novel where a vulnerable misfit is forced to re-engage with the world, despite her best efforts.

Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn’t been outside that house for two years now.

Flung out into the world she’s been studiously ignoring, Mercy goes to the only place she can. Her not-quite-ex-husband Eugene’s house. But it turns out she can’t stay there, either.

And so begins Mercy’s unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a cult classic campervan (read tiny, old and smelly), with the company of her sausage dog, Wasabi, and a mysterious box of cremated remains, Mercy heads north from Adelaide to Darwin.

On the road, through badly timed breakdowns, gregarious troupes of grey nomads, and run-ins with a rogue adversary, Mercy’s carefully constructed walls start crumbling. But what was Mercy hiding from in her house? And why is Eugene desperate to have her back in the city? They say you can’t run forever…

Exquisite, tender and wry, this is a break-out novel about facing anxiety and embracing life from an extraordinary new talent.

Read some great reviews from our Preview readers here:

I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming, relatable and well-paced story of self-discovery, healing and adventure. I was easily transported to the Australian outback with Kim Lock’s evocative writing – I could feel the heat, dust and wind through my hair! Mercy was an endearing and well-drawn main character, Mercy’s anxiety and emotions were so palpable you couldn’t help but empathise and want to give her a big hug. There was fantastic mental health representation in this novel and I appreciated reading about the author’s own experiences. Kim Lock is a talent to watch out for. Jo, NSW, 5 Stars

I am keeping this book. It’s not going to be given to a friend or a street library any time soon. I love it! Mercy is a very real, relatable character I identify with on different levels. From wanting to escape from her troubles as far as she possibly can, to realising you can’t escape forever and you have to face things, she realises she is more than the problems in her life. The aspect of clocking off from social media, eg Facebook, was of particular interest to me as I gave up using Facebook about 3 years ago now because of it’s constant negativity and platform for ill-informed cowards to have a rant without thought or consideration of consequences. I understand Mercy ignoring messages and updates, and also the danger that comes with going down the rabbit hole of reading streams of comments on a particular subject. Nothing good comes from it. I did not want to put it down at night, but had to in order to get a decent sleep. It’s that good! P.S. I quite liked the cheeky dig at the current Minister of Defence here in Australia – see if you can find it! Rebekah, NSW, 5 Stars

A story that will make you laugh out loud, cry and make you feel good. Mercy Blain suffers from anxiety and when one tragedy after another happens all over the span of a week she decides to take a road trip. Loved this book and will be buying more by author Kim Lock. Jessica, QLD, 5 Stars

I didn’t want this book to end. The characters were believable and beautifully written, the story was perfectly paced, the descriptions of the places Mercy travelled were evocative. Just when you think it can’t get any better – there is also a loveable Dachshund. I love a well written story about self-discovery and adventure and this one ticked all of the boxes for me. I can’t wait to read more by the author and to recommend this book to friends and family. Thanks to Better Reading Preview for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. It was a pleasure!! Rebecca, QLD, 5 Stars

A captivating and delightful read of the re-building of a life torn apart by a series of devastating events no one could have imagined and the unexpected meetings and characters that help the healing process. Gai, NSW, 5 Stars

A beautiful story of feeling the fear, and doing it anyway. Mercy has to face her biggest phobias when her house burns down, and we see each step – forwards and backwards – as she does this. The result is a rollicking adventure that I couldn’t put down. Megan, VIC, 5 Stars

I loved this book. It was quirky and funny but still very real, with believable emotion. The grey nomads, the desert, the heat and the dust made this a uniquely Australian tale and, although the ending was somewhat predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey from south to north with Mercy. Ruth, NSW, 5 Stars

The journey that Kim Lock takes readers on through the character of Mercy Blain is both heartfelt and hopeful. I adored reading this book and once I had started could not put it down! The depictions of Mercy’s anxiety gives the reader a real insight, respect and empathy into challenges faced in everyday life by those living with severe anxiety. Lock captures a strong sense of place and I also enjoyed learning of some lesser known places and landmarks throughout Mercy’s trip through the centre of Australia. From the colourful cast of grey nomads she meets along the way to the unconditional love she has for Wasabi, there is a sense of lightness and hopefulness created which is balanced well against the serious issues also dealt with in the book. A highly recommended read. Holly, WA, 5 Stars

Intriguing from the first line. Enter into Mercy’s private world of lost love, loneliness and a paralysing anxiety that turns her world upside down. The Other Side of Beautiful is a quirky heartfelt story about a woman forced to find a new world in which to live after her own perfectly constructed haven is torn away from her and turned to ashes. Laugh and cry with Mercy as she travels across the country in an antiquated bus devoid of air conditioning, searching for a safe place in which to find solace. Along the way she is confronted by her worst fears, over-friendly grey nomads, a malicious social blogger and a travelling Scotsman working through issues of his own. Mercy will touch your heart and capture your soul from beginning to end. Catherine, NSW, 5 Stars

Utterly unputdownable! Love, love, love this book! Just when I needed something uplifting, The Other Side of Beautiful came along. The main character Mercy’s house has literally burnt to the ground, as has her life. Travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, the only way is up both literally and figuratively. She meets a cast of characters on her journey, affable grey nomads, the people of the outback and a Scottish traveller who are almost like a family who look out for each other along the journey. The van is another metaphor, only just holding itself together like Mercy herself is – a rough bump may send it off the rails. The topic of mental illness is dealt with sensitively and compassionately with Mercy’s slow transformation, allowing her to finally face her trauma and grief. The journey is a wild ride for someone who has been housebound but I loved every second of it. Wasabi the dog is a standout, offering unconditional love, as is the van which is almost a character in itself. Moving and heartfelt this will go down as a favourite. Debra, NSW, 5 Stars

This book was nothing short of magnificent. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will appreciate this beautiful story. This book was a real page-turner and I could have easily read it one sitting. I was with Mercy on every step of her journey from beginning to end. Loved loved loved this book!! Justine, NSW, 5 Stars

The theme of an absurd road trip juxtaposed with a mental health catastrophe, actually works as a marvellous book. Mercy Blain embarks on an unplanned road trip when she impulsively purchases an old campervan and heads north from Adelaide towards Darwin. She has recently become homeless but is not destitute. Kim Lock’s novel conveys how compounding events can instigate mental health issues that may prevent a person from continuing normally. The author describes an anxiety attack so succinctly; we feel Mercy’s terror and helplessness when she is forced to push herself just to procure some essentials. Mercy’s back story is revealed through exchanges with her fellow travellers who reunite along the route – tourists, holiday makers, grey nomads and truckies – and we appreciate the range of reasons these characters have for being where they are and their genuine kindness and wherewithal. We are also rewarded with the beauty and sparseness of the unique outback. The pace of the novel changes with the speed of travel. Initially Mercy is limited by her old van and her own inhibitions which allows time for grieving, self-reflection and self-healing. The pace of the story accelerates to become a race to the finish however, when Mercy’s past catches up with her and she is forced to meet a deadline. This obvious ending is very satisfying and positive. Rosalie, ACT, 5 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock is a very engaging novel that I found hard to put down. Together with her canine companion, Wasabi, we are taken on an unplanned campervan journey from Adelaide to Darwin with the lead character, Mercy Blain, after her house burns down. The novel touches on anxiety and panic attacks and even though Kim’s writing is very entertaining, I really felt immersed in Mercy’s character and felt her emotions come alive through Kim’s words. A very pleasant and enjoyable read. Thank you Better Reading for the opportunity to read and review this very heart-warming and touching novel. Christine, QLD, 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book. The Other Side of Beautiful is an exquisitely written novel inspired by the authors own challenges with panic attacks and anxiety. (Something I can relate to!). From the very first page until the end the story was beautifully written, engaging, with an incredible central character Dr Mercy Blain and her adorable dachshund Wasabi. Mercy is dealing with some serious trauma as we embark on a journey from a suburb of Adelaide across the Australian outback onto Darwin meeting many different characters along with way. The story is heart warming, funny and heartbreakingly sad, but there is always hope, courage and healing. I laughed with Mercy and cried as well, as I visualised the journey through the centre of Australia. Highly recommend this brilliant novel. Ilona, VIC, 5 Stars

As a fellow anxiety sufferer I often wonder what it would be like to just run away from everything – just like Mercy did. At times I worried, imagined similar scenarios, got angry, laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the ride along with her. A great read. Julie, VIC, 4 Stars

When we meet Mercy Blain, standing on the street gawping at her home as flames claw through the walls and rooftop, we understand she’s in a spot of bother. Then we learn crippling anxiety has held her captive inside that house for two years… and we realise the scope of Mercy’s predicament. So what will Mercy do? Buy a dingy campervan and take a road trip with her sausage dog Wasabi from Adelaide to Darwin — she couldn’t do that… could she? She does. And it’s through this series of irrational, desperate decisions that Mercy is eventually able to rediscover herself again. Throughout the sparsely populated centre of Australia, Mercy discovers a sense of community spirit — that of the Grey Nomads and the tiny communities she encounters along the Stuart Highway. Kim Lock uses an introduction to explain her own experience with anxiety. It’s clear this quirky, heartfelt book about finding the strength to face your fears, head-butt them and throw caution to the hot, humid Darwin air and embrace life again could only have been written by someone with first-hand experience. Lock shines a light on a serious mental health issue with a beautiful, honest and authentic voice. Linda, QLD, 4 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock takes you on a journey, both in a campervan with Mercy, and through the challenges of living with anxiety and agoraphobia. It’s a story inspired by the authors own experiences, and feels especially relevant now, as many people have been struggling with mental health issues over the past year. It’s poignant and celebratory and hopeful … Kim Lock has an easy writing style which made me want to keep reading. I became really invested in Mercy’s challenges and successes as she drove her little van from South Australia to Darwin. A really delightful read. Maree, QLD, 4 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful is an easy, enjoyable read with the serious subjects of anxiety and depression at the heart of the story. Mercy has been housebound for over two years due to her growing inability to deal withe the outside world, when a house fire forces her to face her fears. At which point, she lets fate take over, quickly ending up as the shell shocked owner of a Daihatsu Hijet and on the road…I was initially expecting a madcap adventure, full of sausage dogs named after condiments, dodgy campervans, manbuns and a box of cremains, however it never quite tips over into the ridiculous. Likewise Mercy’s anxiety is also handled with restraint while still allowing the reader to become invested in the character and her journey. I look forward to reading more by this author, thanks to Better Reading for my advance reader copy. Juanita, NSW, 4 Stars

The story of Mercy, stuck in her home for two years because of anxiety and panic attacks until a fire destroys it and something makes her buy an old jalopy and take a road trip from Adelaide to Darwin. How I would have loved to be a co passenger on that journey and meet all those characters – some of which I hope to be just like one day! Easy to follow and really just quite fun to read. Katrina, VIC, 4 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful is a heartfelt and engaging insight into what it might be like for someone suffering from chronic anxiety. Mercy was such a relatable and endearing character and I enjoyed being a backseat passenger on her heartwarming journey across Australia with her trusted furry companion Wasabi. I loved the quirky tone of this novel and how Mercy’s backstory was gradually revealed through the course of her travels. Mercy’s unplanned road trip provides great opportunity for Mercy to face some of her issues head on and there are funny yet heartbreaking moments and colourful side characters along the way. Kim Lock’s immersive writing allows you to easily connect with Mercy and what she is going through and you can easily picture yourself exploring the rugged terrains and small towns of Australia with her. The Other Side of Beautiful is a wonderful read to add to your TBR! Maridel, NSW, 4 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful has been compared to both The Rosie Project and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I really enjoyed The Rosie Project but didn’t like Eleanor Oliphant, so I wasn’t sure whether I would love or hate this book. Overall I quite liked it. At times I cheered Mercy on, at times I was frustrated with her actions (or lack thereof). In some ways you can’t outrun your problems, because “wherever you go, there you are”, but I think in many ways she needed to leave Adelaide at least temporarily to prove she could, and remember who she used to be. Although I would have liked to see a little more of what happened next, we left Mercy in a fairly good place and I felt she could deal with whatever came next. There weren’t a lot of surprises in this book, but I enjoyed the journey nonetheless. It’s made the idea of driving up through the centre of Australia seem very appealing, but I would want to do it in a much more roadworthy vehicle than Mercy’s quirky Hijet! Helen, VIC, 4 Stars

Kim Lock has captured the impact of anxiety and panic showing how paralysing this can be on your life. What adventures happen through the centre of Australia that leads Mercy on a life affirming journey of self reflection. Her road trip in a broken-down car she buys from a stranger shows what can happen in life when your world is turned upside down. Heather, SA, 4 Stars

An endearing story with many twists and turns. A great insight into the life of Mercy, a doctor, who suffers from extreme anxiety following devastating events in her life that occurred simultaneously. The writer Kim Lock enlightens the story with humour along the way. She introduces us to many characters as Mercy takes us on her unexpected journey travelling the Australian outback. How Mercy stumbled into this journey was one of my favourite parts of the book. Reading the ways Mercy and her little dog Wasabi dealt or didn’t deal with her condition as she encountered many eventful days on the road held my interest. I also loved the snippets of humour and how perfectly placed they were to lighten some of Mercy’s journey. An enjoyable and fluid book, one which I shall read again. Gail, NSW, 4 Stars

The best type of book for me is when I learn a little more than just the story on the pages; I love a back story. In this novel reflected via Mercy, the lovely protagonist, are the likenesses to the author’s life and personal story. This lived experience adds an extra depth to Mercy’s story, I was left feeling in safe hands that the emotional waves Mercy experienced were real. The writing flows in small chapters meaning I could enjoy the story in small parts. Mercy’s journey of rediscovery was simply lovely. Her life imploding after a traumatic work incident, finding solace in isolation and departing the outside world, literally shutting herself off inside her home. This comes to a jarring holt as her home burns to the ground in the most deafening way; ending with the massive discomfort of no belongings as the smoke still billows. A new day dawns, an eccentric old man sells her an old campervan and thus Mercy sets off. Who knows where and for how long. But she is running with the wind, headed on a haphazard Aussie road tip where Mercy learns renewal and possibly the hope of landing on the other side of normal. Suzanne, NSW, 4 Stars

Where does an anxiety ridden agoraphobic doctor go when her house/sanctuary burns down? She buys a clapped out ‘hippy’ camper van and impulsively launches herself into the world that she has been studiously avoiding for the last two years. The Other Side Of Beautiful by Kim Lock is a tender joyful story about a damaged individual, Mercy Blain and her companion sausage dog, Wasabi who find their road to healing via a road trip from suburban Adelaide to Darwin. Although the subject matter is serious and at times disturbing the lightness and humour make it an easy read. The characters are relatable and very Australian as is the landscape. One feels real sympathy for Mercy whose life has been spiralling out of control and as she approaches Darwin, you rejoice in her small successes. ‘Home is wherever you ARE’ becomes her truth as Mercy finds ‘herself’ against all odds and begins to put her trust in the good natured grey nomads and other travellers she meets on her journey. The Other Side Of Beautiful is a great book that is crying out to be made into a movie. J, NSW, 4 Stars

I took some time to warm to Mercy. I found her hard to relate to. I felt for her, but struggled to connect to her initially. As we watch her bumble her way through life on the road, I found myself grinning, laughing and groaning along as everything that could possibly go wrong, did go wrong. I loved the depictions of the other travellers and the kind strangers she met along the way. And there is that gruff but lovely Scotsman Andy that she keeps bumping into. Their connection felt natural, considering everything that Mercy has been through and it was nice to see them grow together over the course of the week or so they were on the road. I enjoyed the descriptions of travelling up the dusty roads of the interior of Australia. You could feel the blistering heat, the endless flies landing on your skin and the vast emptiness of it all. It felt freeing and liberating to read and I think nearly all Aussies say they’re going to make that pilgrimage up the centre one day – and here she is, Mercy Blain, the recluse, who actually did it. Because, ‘in the end, fate had said go.’ Brit, VIC, 4 Stars

How awesome is this book! It engages you from the very first chapter where Mercy’s house and all her belongings are on fire. But apparently that is not her biggest problem! From there Mercy’s journey traverses the outback from Adelaide to Darwin filled with adventure and such beautiful, descriptive scenery that you can just about feel the dust and heat. But this book is much more than that as it also addresses mental illness with such compassion and consideration. Mercy is a charming, heart-warming but flawed character who has a lot to deal with which makes her very relatable. She also has the most cutest, adorable and loyal dog, named Wasabi. What an awesome name for a dog! A wonderful, life reaffirming novel especially when faced with adversity. Ultimately, it is a book about hope and kindness, two things the world needs more of at the moment. Vivian, SA, 4 Stars

A lovely easy to read story with warm and quirky characters. The way the author writes about Mercy’s anxiety shows that she knows what she is talking about. This book made me want to buy a campervan and go on a long road trip in the Australian outback. I’m looking forward to becoming one of the grey nomads Mercy meets along the way. Ita, NSW, 4 Stars

It is the middle of the night and Mercy is standing outside, in only her pyjamas, watching her home burn down. What will happen to her now, where will she go, she hasn’t left her house for the past two years? Her only comfort is her trusty little dachshund, Wasabi who lavishes her with unconditional love – no questions asked. What has caused Mercy to isolate herself from society? Can she temporarily move in with her ex-husband or should she accept the sterile furnished apartment the insurance company suggests? Neither of these two options appeal so she unwittingly finds herself purchasing a 40 year old Daihatsu Hijet van, with the hand painted phrase ‘Home is wherever you are’ on it, and without so much as a goodbye or a second thoughts she departs Adelaide and her journey into unknown begins. A most compelling novel, highlighting immense personal anxiety with such empathy and compassion. Extremely engaging. Karen, NSW, 4 Stars

I didn’t know what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book. I was invested in the story right from page one and, soon thereafter, in the main character, Mercy and her loveable dog Wasabi. I has a firm picture in my mind what they looked like, which is always a treat. The writing flowed beautifully and, with short chapters, kept me turning the pages, even when I wanted to sleep. The author’s way of dealing with such a debilitating mental illness in such a caring, gentle and funny way was a delight. I gained insights into what it may be like to be in Mercy’s situation. The depiction of the outback was wonderful, without being overly descriptive, I want to visit now! I was sad to get to the end. I hope there is a follow-on in the future. I will be looking out for Kim’s other novels. Thank you very much for the opportunity – my first review! Janette, TAS, 4 Stars

The Other Side of Beautiful is an eye-opener to the world of anxiety told in a voice that is engaging, funny, heart-warming and tragic. The telling of Mercy Blain’s road trip up the centre of Australia makes you feel like you are there right alongside her. The characters that Mercy and her sausage dog Wasabi cross paths with throughout their journey bring even more delight when reading this book. Her bargaining abilities when purchasing a second hand van through to the climactic events at the end of her trip will have you laughing out loud, crying tears of compassion and maybe seeing someone you recognise along the way. Mercy teaches us what sufferers of anxiety go through when attempting to undertake routine daily tasks that many of us take for granted. She opens our eyes to the bravery required to get through life with anxiety, particularly when dealing with the person she least wants to stumble across in the middle of the outback. I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Side of Beautiful. Jodi, QLD, 4 Stars

A sensitive look at how anxiety can completely cripple and change someone’s life. Mercy, a doctor, turns into a recluse who cannot leave her home, is forced into the outside world when her house burns down. Mercy unwittingly joins a group of grey nomads and discovers hidden inner strength and learns to embrace life again in this touching novel. Kim, QLD, 4 Stars

This was a great, heartfelt read, following Mercy on her personal journey suffering from crippling anxiety whilst also making a big journey across the Great Australian Outback. Extremely relatable, and with the authors vivid descriptions, it feels like we are on the road with Mercy cheering her on as we see Mercy break out of her pain and experience the joy that can be found out there in the big wide world! While we find ourselves laughing in parts during Mercy’s Journey, this novel has a serious side, showing how anyone can suffer from anxiety, but relief and help can also sometimes be found in places that we don’t expect. Melissa, VIC, 4 Stars

This is such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed cheering Mercy on as she headed on a spontaneous road trip right through the Centre of our country, beginning in Adelaide and ending in Darwin. Some of that country is very familiar to me, which made me enjoy this even more. In fact she passed right through the Clare Valley and Flinders Ranges, where I call home.💚 I felt an instant connection with Mercy. She lives with crippling anxiety, and when her sanctuary, her home (which she hasn’t left for two years) burns down, it sends her fleeing to the other side of the country. She meets some fabulous characters along the way and her quirkiness and the way her anxiety and panic impacts her daily life in big ways and small will soften your heart, have you holding your breath and hopefully being just a touch kinder to those around you.  Tammy, SA, 4 Stars

What a wonderful journey I took with this book! I really enjoyed getting to know Mercy and the journey she took and all the people she met on the way! Merril, QLD, 4 Stars

Kim Lock has captured the impact of anxiety and panic to a visceral level, showing how paralysing this can be on your life. Mercy Blain’s house is destroyed by fire, however that is not what is filling her with terror. Her sanctuary has gone. Mercy had locked herself inside her home for the past two years, too terrified to venture outside, where will her new sanctuary be? Mercy does have one waggly, adoring constant in her life, Wasabi her dachshund, who knows precisely when to bring Mercy back to the present through her licks, whines and the odd paw. Wasabi gives her strength and with Mercy’s life turned upside down, she has to decide what to do. On a whim, Mercy buys an old camper van and unexpectedly ends up on the long trip from Adelaide to Darwin. On the way she meets grey nomads, a Scottish traveller, scary wildlife and the beauty of the outback. Slowly Mercy comes back from the fear. However there is an issue that is chasing Mercy across the country, she has to return to Adelaide and face her demons, but will she return, will she be able to cope and perhaps start life anew? Lee, NSW, 4 Stars

I liked this book but didn’t love it. The story was good and the writing style easy to read but I found the story line quite repetitive and I struggled to warm to the main characters. Nicky, NSW, 3 Stars

This book grabbed me straight away with its brilliant first line, and when I met a sausage dog called ‘Wasabi’, I had high hopes of enjoying this read. I did enjoy the sense of place as Mercy traversed the country, and I think the author did a fantastic job of taking the reader along for the ride. I also really liked some of the supporting characters such as Andy and the grey nomads, and enjoyed her interactions with them. However, I found the pacing a little slow, the plot a little repetitive and monotonous and Mercy a little frustrating. She felt one-dimensional, as if she was defined by her anxiety alone. Perhaps this was the author’s intention – to demonstrate that severe anxiety can be all consuming? For me, it simply made it hard to connect with her character. I also found her decision-making infuriating at times and incongruous with who she was supposed to be. Surely, despite her severe anxiety, a highly skilled and intelligent doctor would have some common sense, but it seemed like hers was consumed in the inferno of her house along with the rest of her belongings. Despite the fact that I found it hard to relate to Mercy, I did find myself cheering for her. I wanted a happy ending for her and I like to imagine that she got one in the end. Aimee, VIC, 3 Stars

This was a great story but there was potential to be so much more. It shows the dangers of being on trial in this day that everyone puts an opinion on social media and a women’s bravery to go and find herself. Leanne, SA, 3 Stars

I must say the title is what got me in. I did find it hard to catch on at the beginning of a few chapters. Not sure if it was just me or some chapters didn’t flow on effortlessly. And randomly I struggled with the main character’s name Mercy. Apart from that I felt it touched on some sensitive subjects and was a good insight into the struggles some have with anxiety. Rachael, NSW, 3 Stars


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          The Other Side of Beautiful
          Kim Lock
          HQ Fiction
          07 July, 2021


          Lost & Found meets The Rosie Project in a stunning break-out novel where a vulnerable misfit is forced to re-engage with the world, despite her best efforts. Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now. Flung out into the world she's been studiously ignoring, Mercy goes to the only place she can. Her not-quite-ex-husband Eugene's house. But it turns out she can't stay there, either. And so begins Mercy's unwilling journey. After the chance purchase of a cult classic campervan (read tiny, old and smelly), with the company of her sausage dog, Wasabi, and a mysterious box of cremated remains, Mercy heads north from Adelaide to Darwin. On the road, through badly timed breakdowns, gregarious troupes of grey nomads, and run-ins with a rogue adversary, Mercy's carefully constructed walls start crumbling. But what was Mercy hiding from in her house? And why is Eugene desperate to have her back in the city? They say you can't run forever... Exquisite, tender and wry, this is a break-out novel about facing anxiety and embracing life from an extraordinary new talent.
          Kim Lock
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          Kim Lock

          Kim Lock is an internationally published author of four novels. Her writing has also appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Guardian, Daily Life and The Sydney Morning Herald online, among others. She lives in regional South Australia with her family. 

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