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Bloodtree River

Narrated by: Kate Hosking
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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From the author of the best-selling Hunters Ridge series comes this stand-alone twisty rural suspense, this time set against the dark backdrop of Tasmanian mountains.

Indiana O’Meara is no stranger to the forces of evil. Her own past is full of violence. Now a policewoman, Indy is always fighting to redeem herself and defeat the dark. So when girls begin to go missing at a remote cattle station in Tasmania, she is quick to agree to go undercover to investigate chief suspect Logan Atherton, the owner of Calico Mountain Lodge, even though last time she went undercover it came to a bloody end.

But her early encounter with Logan reveals a man full of contradictions. His deep empathy for horses and those he cares for is obvious but he is also taciturn to the point of rudeness, and there is a strange atmosphere at the lodge. It doesn’t add up.

As Indy begins to dig deeper into the secrets at the lodge, she finds herself embroiled in a murderous web more complex and terrifying than she could ever have imagined…one that is linked to her own past.

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Good Aussie story

very very enjoyable story Set in Tasmania. Covers everything animals to romance and crime. If you love horses you will enjoy

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Great romantic suspense

Unlike the last contemporary romantic suspense I tried to read, this book was very enjoyable and, hopefully, a better example of the genre.

I must say I was a little worried at the start. The idea of Sydney police detective going undercover to catch a serial killer in Tasmania seemed far fetched, to say the least. The opening info dump about the case too, was weird. But then, somehow, about a third of the way into the book, everything seemed much more realistic and I became thoroughly hooked.

Indy, our heroine (the detective), goes to Tasmania where several women have disappeared and one’s body has washed up in a river near Calico Mountain Lodge, a farm/holiday retreat. Indy gains employment at the lodge where she meets Logan Atherton, the Tasmanian police’s prime suspect.

Here the story switches to almost rural romance, with Logan showing Indy the ropes with caring for horses and animals etc. I will admit I’m not a huge fan of Australian chooklit but Barrie adds just the right touch of rural into her romance and I remained enthralled. In fact, I love how Barrie never lets the romance get completely sappy and there’s always the sinister undercurrent of tension and doubt as to whether or not Logan is guilty of the kidnapping and murders throughout.

With the Tasmanian setting, Barrie not only got to add picturesque details but also my favourite thing when it comes to thriller books - isolation. She was also able to add a plethora of small town supporting characters, any of whom could be involved in the crime.

I must say that I had absolutely no idea who was involved in the women’s disappearances. Nor did I ever work out why the women were going missing. The resolution was believable enough and very original and I would have never guessed it in a million years.

I listened to the audio version and I must admit, at first, I was unsure if I would enjoy the narrator’s interpretation but, as I said, I really started to get into the book around the third mark, so perhaps I just needed to get used to her style.

My only complaint would be that the book was maybe too long. That is, Barrie continued for several chapters after the case was solved. I thought it seemed, at times, unnecessary and the ending almost dragged much more than it should have. This is only a minor gripe though.
I’ll definitely be picking up some of Barrie’s other books including Devil’s Lair which, I believe, again features Calico Lodge.

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Great book

Loved it. Enjoyed the narrator too. It had me guessing for a while. Great story couldn’t wait to listen to it

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Greatly enjoyed

The story was good as was the performance. Thoroughly enjoyed it but would recommend high volume as was hard to hear st times

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totally enjoyed it, great story

Good story, good narrator, I didn't guess the end until the end! I will get another from this author.

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Excellent

Absolutely loved it. Excellently narrated. Exciting storyline. I could see everything I was listening to.

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Liked the theme but poor presentation

I nearly tossed the book in the first five minutes because of the ultrafast expressionless narrative. The “ voices” were better. I tried again and as I enjoyed the story line I persevered.

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Great, easy listen

I am practical to a fault, and I don't enjoy stories where the main character is a twit.
This was not the case as so many other romance/crime/mystery novels. I felt like the protagonist was a level headed woman who was more than capable, if a little wise beyond her years, but I suppose her background accounts for that. I really enjoyed listening to this easy-reading book.

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A light read(listen)

Half way through the book and only a few clues about the disappearances. How can a detective be so naive and ready to fall in love- give us a break. I didn’t think she did much investigation while at the farm. More like a love story. So many other viable suspects. Could be a film though. In the end I did enjoy it but I wanted more of a challenge in the plot. It was predictable most of the time. Enjoy a light read.

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Very enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It had me at the first few minutes. The narrator was great too. Thank you