Fans of The Dry will adore this latest addition to the burgeoning ‘drought-noir’ subgenre, which takes a small outback community feverish with heat and thirst and places a chilling mass murder in its midst. Deeply atmospheric and consistently suspenseful, Scrublands is an explosive new thriller.
In an isolated country town ravaged by drought, a charismatic young priest opens fire on his congregation, killing five men before being shot dead himself.
A year later, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals don't fit with the accepted version of events.
Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking discovery rocks the town. The bodies of two backpackers - missing since the time of the massacre - are found in the scrublands. The media descends on Riversend and Martin is the one in the spotlight.
Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to uncover a truth that becomes 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.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 192 x 124 x 27 mm
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“Incredible Aussie thriller!”
2018 delivered a year of strong Aussie thrillers making Scrublands the perfect choice to wrap up the year. What a corker! It started out as a perplexing mystery (why would a priest gun down parishioners on the church... More
“Echoes of Nevil Shute”
A really descriptive, atmospheric book. I could 'see' the town and 'feel' the heat and drought. The characters are lively and very human. One aspect about the book is a fight between good and... More
The best opening chapter to a book that I've read for a long time! It made me want to keep reading and I was well rewarded with some good twists and a few red herrings on the way!
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