“Saywell’s writing is confident and compelling. Gilly is a complex psychological portrait of a girl forced into maturity …This book has echoes of Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright and the outback, no place for human habitation, is rendered with equal eeriness. The adolescent Gilly, searching for herself in the desert, is a memorable and poignant creation.”

Helen Elliot
The Age

“There’s not a single thing about this novel that’s badly done: Saywell can somehow convey vast psychological depths in each of the main characters through the voice of the evasive and secretive Gilly, whose power as a character lies in a sexual obsession that overrules everything else.”

Kerryn Goldsworthy
Sydney Morning Herald