About the Book:
This is a mystery that develops at a steady pace. It's a cold case of a missing child nearly two decades old. A private investigator seeks to solve it, mostly because he needs the large reward. He's caring for his younger sister now in college and he needs the money to pay for her support. But he's a decent guy and it seems he really has a heart for what he does. There is a mystery in his past too, however.
I like the setting of a small town in New South Wales. The atmosphere of the town and the relationships between the people help build interest in the plot. There is a weariness and suspicion toward anyone delving into that event that is a blight on their community.
There is an element of tension as the cold case investigation is pursued. Some think a family member is responsible for the death of the child. The private investigator finds information that might indicate a completely new villain. Burr keeps all that tension on a back burner throughout.
This is a good mystery with a deliberately paced uncovering of the information needed to solve the murder. There are twists and turns and I am not sure I like how it ended, at all. Nonetheless, I found this debut novel to be an engaging mystery and I will be looking for more from Burr.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Shelley Burr works at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in Canberra, Australia. She grew up splitting her time between Newcastle and Glenrowan, where her father’s family are all sheep farmers. WAKE is her first novel. You can find out more at https://www.shelleyburr.com.au/.
HarperCollins, 368 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)