Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West (2021)

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I received Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West from Simon & Schuster Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Catch Us the Foxes was another novel this year that was promoted towards people who enjoyed The Dry which initially caught my eye. But the caveat is that it’s like Twin Peaks meets The Dry, so never having seen Twin Peaks, I can only assume that is referring to the many (MANY) what the f*ck moments in Catch Us the Foxes.

I must admit that the characters’ behaviour caused me to keep forgettingthat the main character base in Catch Us the Foxes are all adults, as it did often feel like more of a young adult character base — leaning towards high school mystery solving sleuths as opposed to adults who can legally drive and drink. I found this to be particularly true of the main character Lo who, admittedly, I didn’t find to be at all likeable or relateable.

Catch Us the Foxes is an odd story and I think that is what kept me reading to finish it. You never quite know which way it is going to go until you’re at the very end. And even then it feels like you’re not sure what you just went through.

I thought the story was engaging and interesting enough to warrant two and a half stars, but it lacks the characterisations and wow factor to push it over the line into being truly recommendable. 



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