The latest stunner from Jane Harper hinges on the same premise as her 2017 debut, The Dry , but, instead of the arid outback, readers will find themselves on the raging coast of Tasmania ... hat connection is also on view here, as Harper expertly raises the reader’s pulse throughout the narrative, insinuating what happened that day but only revealing the truth slowly as Kieran comes to see past and present in a new light.
As rumors spread on the community’s web page and alarm mounts about the possibility of a killer in their midst, the town’s secrets are steadily unfurled, coalescing into a few unexpected revelations. While this novel isn’t quite as suspenseful as Harper’s previous books, she’s a master at creating atmospheric settings, and it’s easy to fall under her spell. A layered and nuanced mystery.
Sydney physiotherapist Kieran Elliott, the protagonist of this elegiac suspense novel from bestseller Harper, has steeled himself for an emotionally turbulent visit to his hometown ... The distinctively Aussie array of stoic characters who are weathered, and in some cases warped, by their uncompromising environment more than compensates for a denouement that feels psychologically false. Harper expertly weaves past guilts with present grief. She remains a writer to watch.