Publication Date: Out now!!!
Formats: Hardback & Ebook
Price: Hb £14.99/ Ebook £7.99
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
I would like to say a huge thank you to Steven Cooper for inviting me on to this fantastic and gripping book’s tour. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for allowing me to read and review a finished copy of this brilliant book. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the creative genius, Shelley Burr, for creating such a visceral, tense and gripping crime novel, about girls who go missing, and how families break apart and also struggle to come to terms with their loved ones gone or just absent. There’s also a real hard life of towns that have seen better days, with communities becoming more and more fragmented and distant, this is all set in the out back of Australia which gives an almost noir like feel. Intrigued? let’s head over to the blurb and find out a bit more.
Everybody thinks they know Mina McCreery.
Everyone has a theory on what happened to her sister.
Now it‘s time to find out the truth……
Mina McCreey’s sister Evelyn disappeared nineteen years ago. Her life has been defined by the intense public interest in the case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, she lives alone on her family’s destocked sheep farm.
When Lane, a private investigator, approaches her with an offer to reinvestigate the case, she rejects him. The attention has had nothing but negative consequences for her and her family, and never brought them closer to an answer. Lane wins her trust when his unconventional methods show promise, but he has his own motivations for wanting to solve the case, and his obsession with the answer will ultimately risk both their lives.
I was gripped right from the start, and could not put this wonderful and thrilling book down. the characters are all complex and flawed each with their own secrets and pain which manifests into their own lives. With Lane seeking to find answers that will eventually lead him to seek revenge on the one person he feels is responsible to all the cases he is trying to solve. We also have Mina, who’s sister disappeared and which left their family shattered and broken. And which has left her feeling anxious and isolated within a community that should be wanting to help her but with which she can never let her pride down to allow. There are also other characters which appear and have their own scars to share, and through all these stories of loss and no knowing what has happened is a trail that could lead to answers but also could lead to imprisonment or death.
We see how her implacable distrust in Lane becomes softened to the point that her inner self who wants to know the answers and a hope that she can then move on and live her life, becomes amenable to helping find answers to what happened to her sister, as long as he does something for her in return. I won’t go into much more detail than that but wow, this book is such a gripping read you will definitely want to keep on reading this till you turn the last page. There are so many moments of twists and turns and red herrings, that will leave you spinning. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I want more.
Ratings: 5 🌟s with a large ☕️ and a large 🍰
Shelley Burr is the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger award with Wake, an alumni of the ACT Writer’s Centre HardCopy program (2018) and a Varuna fellow. When not writing she works at the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. She lives in Canberra, but grew up splitting her time between Newcastle and Glenrowan, where her father’s family are all sheep farmers. WAKE is Shelley’s first novel.
I hope you have enjoyed this dark, sinister and gripping outback noir novel, where the heroes and heroines are not as clean or straight as you would think and that everyone hides a secret, it’s whether you are brave enough to find out the truth or let it lie. If you want to grab hold of a copy for yourself, you can find a copy at Waterstones, any independent store or of course on Amazon. I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!