Scrublands

Scrublands

Book - 2019 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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"In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself. A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realize that the accepted wisdom--that the priest was a pedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting, a theory established through an award-winning investigation by Martin's own newspaper--may be wrong. Just as Martin believes he's making headway, a new development rocks the town. The bodies of two German backpackers--missing since the time of the church shootings--are discovered in a dam in the scrublands, deserted backwoods marked by forest fires. As the media flocks to the scene, Martin finds himself thrown into a whole new mystery. What was the real reason behind the priest's shooting spree? And how does it connect to the backpacker murders, if at all? Martin struggles to uncover the town's dark secrets, putting his job, his mental state, and his life at risk as more and more strange happenings escalate around him."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501196744
150119674X
Branch Call Number: HAM
Characteristics: 368 pages

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screaming_turtle
Apr 01, 2019

I loved the book which in my view is very well crafted and written. I hope he writes more fiction.

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msummers57
Jan 19, 2019

For me this didn't live up to the hype.

The first 1/4 is a very good read. The middle 1/2 not so much- skimmable. The end is also very good.

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