One of my favourite genres, crime, murder mystery; this novel stands out.
The story’s set in a typical, small, Australian country town, somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, and begins with the discovery of a young woman’s mutilated body. That woman’s sister, the town barmaid, is the main narrator. Chris, of the local pub, is a tough character, who has graduated from the school of hard knocks, but remains warm and generous. The extreme violence of her sister Bella’s death, and the puzzle of who and why, is at the heart of the book, combined with the author’s astute observations on sex and our misogynistic contemporary society. There’s a heavy irony in the title “an isolated incident” and along with Chris’s grief is the intrusion of the media interest, and a particularly determined reporter. Everything about this novel rings true. It’s a story that sticks in your mind long after you’ve finished it. It’s well written, with great characters and superb psychological tension.
I loved every page, it’s fantastic.
Recommended for older readers.
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