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Luke Hadler shoots his wife and son then turns the gun on himself.
So begins this gripping crime mystery, which cracks open secrets and lies in a drought-stricken outback community.
I read this book in a day. Each time I had to put it down to do a chore, my mind was still with Aaron Falk, a Federal Police officer and old friend of the dead man. Asked by the dead man’s parents to give them proof their son didn’t commit this monstrous act, Aaron remains in a town he fled from twenty years earlier, fighting his own ghosts and battling the circumstances surrounding his departure.
It’s difficult to say much about the story without giving elements away, but Harper structures this story in a way that reminds me of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. The present story develops as past events are slowly revealed. In a land stripped bare by drought, secrets are buried deep. Harper captures the setting very well; the flies, the heat, the moisture-sucking sun beating relentlessly on weary, hard lives. This is a community in denial, but which story is the harder to accept? Murder-suicide or a triple murder?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jane Harper is added to my automatic read list for future releases.