crime & redemption in the Australian outback


a story of love, crime & intrigue

Molly by William Davies

In the unforgiving Australian outback a young boy is kidnapped by a pastoralist who is tormented by the memory of his own dead son.

Under the influence of the ancient landscape and the spirits of its first people their lives are transformed.

Set in the 1980s and mostly in outback Queensland, this is a crime book with a psychological twist. It extends beyond criminal aspects to cover life in unforgiving parts of the outback and relationships within family and between individuals.

It deals with aboriginal relationships, including those with white people in a sensitive and wholly sympathetic and unpatronising way. The book presents indigenous people in an entirely appropriate manner and without stereotypes.

This is a thoughtful book and its themes remain in the reader’s mind. The book takes on a pleasurable life of its own with many entertaining episodes, all relevant to the story. The reader has to decide whether certain slightly mystical happenings are to be taken as having actually occurred or whether they are to be seen as existing only in the character’s mind.

The author is to be commended for his vivid and rich imagination in producing the story. Aspects are no doubt derived from his personal experience, giving the book a feeling of authenticity.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book to the discerning reader.

Dennis Murphy

thriller novel

Molly – a story of love, crime, and political intrigue, by William Davies.

Molly’s life is one of mental and physical abuse until she finds Thomas who leads her away from her past to find peace.

REVIEWS of molly

Disturbing! Compelling! An in-depth insight into the troubled world of a woman struggling to overcome the lasting effects of childhood abuse.

Robert Ennever



William Davies simply owns the writing of this alluring book. He ought to be congratulated for producing such a worthy contribution to the psychological thriller genre.

Stevie Hayes


Molly is a book that will change your appreciation for psychological thrillers forever. The plot is intricately constructed which kept me on the edge of my seat through many twists and turns. Subtly drawn characters people this tale to wonderful effect. This is a creditable first effort from an emerging writer.

Stephanie Gambrill


William Davies’ first novel tells of matters that draw much of their relevance from contemporary political affairs and destructive gender relations. The narrative’s major focus draws together the personal and public dimensions of human experience.

Dr Michael Cotter



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