Published by Macmillan Australia on May 31st 2016
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Shut the Front door!!!! I cannot believe that this is a debut novel!!!!!! I seriously hope this is not a fluke, because this book is brilliant! If this is the beginning of her writing career, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.
I love mysteries. They are one of my favorite genres. I love putting on my detective hat and super sleuthing while reading. I THOUGHT I had the killer figured out. I was WRONG!! This book was full of twists and turns, revelations, secrets, longing, and of course – heat. Don’t be fooled – heat is also a character in this book. It feels so real, so dry so dusty. It brings out the mean, the nasty, the worst in everyone in this town. There is a terrible drought and their crops and farms are suffering. It’s oppressive and weighs on everyone as they go about their day to day lives.
Aaron Falk, a federal police investigator returns to his hometown of Kiewarra after receiving a message saying “you lied” His childhood friend Luke, his wife and son are dead and it is believed that his childhood friend, Luke killed his wife and son then killed himself. Falk returns to attend the funeral and deal with the message that Luke’s father sent him. His friend’s parents beseech him to help look into the murders. They do not believe that their son killed himself and his family leaving behind his infant daughter. Falk soon joins forces with the local police investigator, Raco who believes that the entire family was murdered but has a hard time coming up with suspects. Together they look at the evidence and everyone who may have had a beef with Luke.
Once in town, Falk is greeted by the intense heat and the heated stares and comments by the townspeople who still believe Falk was responsible for the death of Ellie, a young woman found in the water with stones in her pockets. Since she had written his last name on a piece of paper, Aaron Falk (and also his father) were considered suspects. Luke provided his friend with an alibi but no one ever believed them. Old wounds never heal and Ellie’s family, Mel and Dow Deacon are hell bent on causing as much grief for Falk as they can while he is in town investigating the murders of his friend Luke and his family.
Memories, secrets and suspects haunt Falk during this time. There are several suspects but they all seem to have an alibi for the time in question. Another question – could Ellie’s death and Luke’s families death be related?
I like that I could not guess the killer here. I had a suspect and was WRONG. The twists and turns kept the action moving and my interest peaked. If my suspect was not the killer then who in blazes was? That really is the question isn’t it? Just who was the killer and why.
I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Harper. This was a pleasure to read.