Devastation Road: (Beechworth Trilogy #1)
“An outstanding first novel” The Age
“Intelligent and sensitive.” Sisters in Crime
Winner of the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award
They should have seen who killed Debbie. The clues were in front of them the whole time. But sometimes the biggest mystery lies in the hearts of those closest to you.
Yackandandah, Victoria. A small and close-knit town where everyone knows their neighbour. Life here is dull, and safe. But eight years ago, out along Station Road, things started catching fire. Then a girl was killed, and someone got smart with the name.
Now it’s happening again. There’s a fire. Matt Tingle and Chess Febey find a friend, drowned in a pond.
Chess isn’t Matt’s friend. She’s one of those people you get stuck with – well meaning, total liability. But she knows how to answer questions, and there are plenty of those: Why are Tara and Wando afraid? What is the meaning of the amber necklace? How can a car be blue and white at the same time?
Before they can find the truth, Matt and Chess have to put themselves in danger, they have to look deep into themselves, and they have to reveal things about the past …
Other people’s secrets …
… and the truth about what happened all those years ago, on Devastation Road.
This New Year has brought forth a swag of excellent crime fiction/mystery, suspense reads and this read belongs in that swag!
What I Loved:
√ Interesting well-developed characters and settings.
√ Great plotting and outcomes I didn’t expect.
√ A build of tension and drama.
√ Exciting introduction
√ Left me wanting more!!
It certainly sounds like a suspenseful story, Carol, and I love the small-town setting for this sort of context. I like the sound of the characters, too, and it sounds as though the relationship between Matt and Chess is complicated enough to be interesting, without being distracting, if that makes sense. Good stuff!
I think this is at least a 3 part series … I have book 2 to be reviewed soon too.