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Publisher's Summary

In Riversend, an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest steps out of his church and calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. 

A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the accepted version of events his own newspaper reported in an award-winning investigation. Martin can't ignore his doubts nor the urgings of some locals to unearth the real reason behind the priest's deadly rampage. 

Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking new development rocks the town, which becomes the biggest story in Australia. The media descends on Riversend, and Martin is now the one in the spotlight. His reasons for investigating the shooting have suddenly become very personal. 

Wrestling with his own demons, Martin finds himself risking everything to discover a truth that becomes darker and more complex with every twist. But there are powerful forces determined to stop him, and he has no idea how far they will go to make sure the town's secrets stay buried.

©2018 Chris Hammer (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A POWERFUL BOOK

Drawn to it like a magnet gripping ,powerful. If u are Australian grown up in the bush during the drought, this book transports u right back there in the heat people smells feelings and hard ship. Combine it with a sophisticated crime or 2 and you are caught. Un able to stay away from it like a must have long drink of water.
Narrator was perfect for this Australian book a great combination.
promotional material on internet is a wow factor and gives foundations to the town .looking forward to another.

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  • Meg
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Clever Plot.

Overall a good yarn but terrible narration. Flat, with poor diction. eg, I had to go back to the blurb to read if the place was Rivers End or Rivers Send.





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It was ok ~ a beach read. The story gets away from itself in parts, and the author tried to stitch it all back together, but by the time I got to the end, I wasn't really interested in any of the character anymore. Narrator did well, but at times the prose was lost in the delivery.

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enjoyable yarn

a gripping story. great lead characters and intriguing plot. highly recommend. i hope our farmers are doing better

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Completely hooked from beginning to end

I was thoroughly gripped by Scrublands and really enjoyed both the story and the narration. I could not have predicted the many twists and turns that occur throughout it, and it left me constantly wanting to know more. I felt like I was living in the story as the protagonist, Martin, is believable and engaging. I like that Martin is both a news reporter hungry for a story and someone who becomes more and more embroiled in the events that he is reporting on. It made for a great insight into the struggle between objective and subjective journalism, as well as being a riveting mystery. The books offers a good glimpse of a town affected by drought, crime and shared emotional pain. Fans of The Dry will love this!

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Ridiculous

Implausible storyline from start to finish, can’t believe this book was published. Really disappointing to say the least

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Great story had me from the start

Just loved it, lots of twists and turns. Kept me guessing the whole time. Thoroughly recommend it.

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too much

Could not finish it. what a thought was a country mystery turns out to be bikies couter terrorists. went on tooo long. looks like the author couldnt work out what he wanted to write about.

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I couldn’t finish it.

The author obviously has global audience aspirations, which would explain inventing bizarre Australian colloquialisms (stir the possum?) and pastimes (people going out in the DAY to hunt possums (nocturnal) and having them mounted (never ever heard of this happening... ever)) and lazily changing the names or real places in South Australia and real news events which have transpired in the last couple of years, and by ‘lazily’ I mean The Riverland becomes ‘Riversend’ and Swan Reach becomes ‘Swan Creek’ etc... not to mention that by half way through I couldn’t have cared less about what happened to any of the characters.

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a good aussie read

Well written with engaging characters. Intertwining plots in a plausable storyline wuth satisfying resolutions. A thoroughly entertaining read.