In the summer of 1989, a local teen goes missing from the idyllic suburb of Camp Hill in Australia. As rumours of Satanic rituals swirl, schoolteacher Tom Witter becomes convinced he holds the key to the disappearance. When the police won't listen, he takes matters into his own hands with the help of the missing girl's father and a local neighbourhood watch group.
But as dark secrets are revealed and consequences to past actions are faced, Tom learns that the only way out of the darkness is to walk deeper into it. Wild Place peels back the layers of suburbia, exposing what's hidden underneath - guilt, desperation, violence - and attempts to answer the question: Why do good people do bad things?
From the international bestseller Christian White, Wild Place is a white-knuckle descent into a street near you.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When a teenage girl goes missing soon after her parents’ separation, one of her high school teachers, Tom Witter, launches his own investigation. He believes her disappearance might be connected to some kind of Satanic ritual, what with the pentagram necklace found in her bedroom, and that strange, creepy goth kid, Sean, who lives nearby. But does the outlandish theory add up, or is something else at play? Christian White’s Melbourne-set thriller overflows with suspense and suspicion, cleverly using unreliable narrators and well-timed reveals to unravel the story at a gripping pace. The girl’s disappearance brings fear, but also excitement, to the close-knit neighbourhood, and White really captures the essence of each character, particularly when it comes to exposing what’s really going on in these seemingly perfect households. Set in 1989, there’s plenty of enjoyable nostalgia, while the investigations—both Tom’s, and that of the local police—had us holding our breath throughout.
This was good!
This is the second book I have read from this author & I’m now starting on the third. That basically says it all about this writer.
This was brilliant, lead me down the twisted garden path & sucked me into thinking I knew how it would end, who were the culprit/s & the neighborhood watch scheme that can be either extremely helpful or cause a riot! Enjoy the buzz.
Lacked ‘Aussie’ feeling
I felt like I was reading an American author. Considering the story is set in a very small coastal Victorian town in the eighties, I would have hoped for a much more Australian ‘feel’.