A HOMECOMING MARRED BY BLOOD
Journalist Martin Scarsden returns to Port Silver to make a fresh start with his partner Mandy. But he arrives to find his childhood friend murdered – and Mandy is the prime suspect. Desperate to clear her name, Martin goes searching for the truth.
A TERRIBLE CRIME
The media descends on Port Silver, compelled by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity, and religion. Martin is chasing the biggest scoop of his career, and the most personal.
A PAST HE CAN’T ESCAPE
As Martin draws closer to a killer, the secrets of his traumatic childhood come to the surface, and he must decide what is more important – the story or his family….
After having read Scrublands earlier this year, I was looking forward to reading this book. I was pleased that we still follow the disgraced journalist, Martin Scarsdale. He had moved away from the isolation of the outback and was now living in Sydney. He has written a book which was successful chronicling the real crimes that happened in scrublands.
Martin has now moved back to his hometown of Port Silver, where he grew up. He hadn’t been there for years and things had changed. But he was looking forward to starting his new life with his girlfriend Mandalay Blonde (Mandy). Mandy had inherited a house there and the plan was to move in together. Mandy has been renting a home whilst waiting to get the keys to their new home. The only problem is when Martin gets to where Mandy is living, he finds her sitting on the floor, covered in blood and looking at a dead body. He soon recognised who the body is, an old school friend. Mandy is the prime suspect at this stage.
Whilst he isn’t currently working as a journalist, a friend of his mother has asked for his help in finding the killer of her son. So now does he not only have that to do, but he also has to prove that Mandy is innocent. This brings some of the press to town, including some of the characters from Scrublands. Martin is in the middle of it all. Could it be the cases are linked?
Within this story, we get to learn more about Martin, being in his home town there are people he grew up with, Martin is quite secretive about his past so most of the information comes through the people who knew him, people he went to school with. Gradually you learn of Martins backstory, there are some painful memories and a tragic past told in flashbacks that he has been trying to get away from. It’s great getting to know him better.
The author certainly knows how to paint a picture of wherever he is, in scrublands it was the hot, dry outback. In Port Silver a made up coastal town it’s the smell of the see, and fish and chips.
The story is initially a very slow start which can be a little off putting as your mind starts to wonder and this is a long book with over 550 pages. Once the characters are introduced the story picks up its pace. The investigation is done over 8 days, the towns residents start pointing fingers over each other regarding the dead body, Martin is poking his nose in lots of places, the police don’t like him snooping round, as it’s their investigation. But then he is a journalist and one thing they know how to do is snoop.
Whilst I enjoyed this book, I did struggle with the length of it although I do see why it was so long, but it was a slow start for the first 100/150 pages, I was waiting for more, then it picked up, but then there were still bits for me that just dropped in pace again. I think the book could have been a little shorter. Having said that there are some good characters in this story. The side plots worked well and the ending, well it’s up to readers to find out.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I would like to thank #netgalley and #Wildfirepublishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.