Fearless could be the plot of a reality TV show. You take six wealthy individuals with first world problems and fly them to Bali under the guise of “helping” them overcome their fears. But instead you endanger their lives, sit back and watch what happens. It’s an interesting drama about courage, friendships and the decisions we make.
This novel is the third one to be written by the author of The Mothers’ Group. Fiona Higgins has also penned her memoirs and she has spent the last couple of years living in Indonesia. It’s clear from reading Fearless that Higgins knows the cultural landscape of Bali and she offers us an engaging look at what many of us Australians consider an attractive holiday destination.
The fears that Higgins describes in this novel are all common ones: flying, heights, public speaking, intimacy, death and failure. This book is broken up into each of these parts and is told in the third person. Higgins slowly reveals why each of the characters have chosen to participate in this retreat before something big happens. For Australian visitor, Janelle it was to inject change into her boring life while Italian tourist, Lorenzo is hoping it will cure his infertility problems. Another Aussie, Cara is drained after the death of her child while Englishman, Henry arrived at the proceedings by luck or sheer accident, you can decide.
Fiona Higgins has done an excellent job of developing her characters and managing their rich stories both in the past and in the present. This book is easy to read and an interesting one that is part self-help book and part survivor story. It’s the kind of tale that will make you stop and think about your own life while you question what you would do if you were faced with life-threatening circumstances. At the end of the day will you sink or be fearless?
***Please note: a free copy of this book was won by the writer through a Bookstr giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: https://www.bookstr.com/book/fearless/10246880/