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Publisher Description

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. 

A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts, nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage.

Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal. 

Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.

A compulsive thriller that will haunt you long after you have turned the final page.

Fiction & Literature
25 July
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Batsmoker ,


Great read, captures life in a small town on the brink.

Miravee ,

Loved it, however...

While this was a great read, the twists and turns got a bit hard to swallow. I still think it’s worth reading, but just be prepared to roll with it and don’t question it too much.

Jethatan ,


Loved it right from the start. Enjoyed the suspense, human skills in twisting and manipulating to gain an edge or seek an advantage over another...simply spectacular and well written... enough details to visualise what was happening on the ground...What appears to be a simple straight forward homicide turns into such a complex investigation to untangle every inch of it....

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