This review is from: Bay of Fires (Hardcover)
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Not again! Just a year after a young visitor went missing, the mutilated body of another is found on the beach. The small Tasmanian coastal community is rife with suspicion and fear. This in the Christmas holiday season too, bookings promptly cancelled at the guesthouse.
Reporter Hall Flynn drives in to cover the story, his pushy editor preferring sensationalism to facts. Hall befriends local Sarah Avery, she even more volatile than usual following the dramatic termination of her last employment. Together they uncover secrets and much to disturb....
Emphasis is more on atmosphere and relationships than on speedy solving of the crime, the delayed autopsy holding everything up. Inevitably tensions rise, eyes turning to weird Roger Coper. His mother was quite mad. So surely is he. With police so slow, why should residents not settle matters once and for all?
The novel abounds with suspects and creatures with strange names, some of the latter disturbingly able to get into houses at night. (Well done, those who already knew what a quoll is!). Red herrings are amongst the many fishes featured. (Readers will learn a lot about those.)
My enjoyment was largely thanks to Hall Flynn, most of the others around not particularly pleasant.
Recommended as an agreeable read for those who prefer the scenic route, keen to savour a work dripping in ambiance. Some are likely to feel very smug, they having identified the culprit long before the end.