“He knew only what he’d heard on the news along with everyone else. But it was straightforward according to the commentary. The shotgun had belonged to Luke. It was the same one later found clamped into what had been left of his mouth.”
Set in unhospitable Australia, Aaron Falk returns home to attend the funeral of his best friend. It seems that his friend killed his wife and young son then turned his shotgun on himself. Falk’s return brings back reminders of a dark past and a young female friend who was found dead many years ago. The small community hasn’t forgotten or forgiven.
“Falk glanced once at the road leading back out of town, then at his watch. The funeral, the wake, one night and he was gone. Eighteen hours, he calculated. No more. Keeping that firmly in mind, he loped toward the crowd, one hand on his hat as a sudden hot gust sent hems flying.”
Falk is determined to leave as soon as possible before he gets pulled into the drama surrounding his former home. Will he?
This is another well written novel by Jane Harper. It is nice to read fiction set in another land.