What Da Cover Says: In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.
What I Says: An award winning crime story? Can’t see that myself, there is nothing special about this that makes it stand out more than any other crime mystery. It isn’t terrible though, fantastic setting and when reading this the Aussie accent was coming through really well in my head. The heat was the best part, the book is based in the middle of a very long drought and the terrible heat and lethargy comes across big time. The characters were ok, Falk and Raco make a brilliant team, nice to see for once that the local cop wasn’t portrayed as an idiot.
The main reason that this book doesn’t stand above other run-of-the-mill crime novels is the end result was really limp, the book flows nicely and deserved an outrageous ending, the bad guy should have been nobody you could have expected….instead I was left going “Is that it? All this for something so silly?” Probably too much like real life for me.
This was an ok story, I might give Falk’s second case a go just to see if things become more inventive. Looking on google it looks like there is gonna be a movie released Jan 2020, could be worth a view.