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Publisher's Summary

At the bottom of the world, there is an island. It is a land of rugged wilderness, of ice and snow and blistering heat, of the oldest trees on earth.... They say tigers still roam there. They say other things roam, too.

When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania's Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of 'the Hungry Man' still haunts locals to this day. 

Now, authorities can determine that the teacher, Eliza Ellis, was knocked unconscious, so someone on the mountain was up to foul play. Jordan Murphy, the local dealer and father of missing student Jasmine, instantly becomes the prime suspect. But Detective Con Badenhorst knows that in a town this size - with corrupt cops, small-town politics and a teenage YouTube sensation - everyone is hiding something, and bluffing is second nature.

When a body is found, mauled, at the bottom of a cliff, suspicion turns to a wild animal - but that can't explain why she was discovered barefoot, her shoes at the top of the cliff, laces neatly tied.

©2020 Kyle Perry (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

"Tense, atmospheric and unsettling, this book will stay with you long after you turn the last page, and long after you turn out the lights." (Christian White)

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wow. seriously, wow.

This book is something else. I was hooked from the start and the suspense gave me clammy hands for the vast majority!
The atmosphere of tassie is so well captured and clearly the perfect setting for an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Loved the similarities to Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the blurred lines between mythology and reality.
I am blown away that this is the authors first book, can't wait to see what else he can produce.
The narration is perfect and does great justice to the story.
5 stars, no question.

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Hard to stop reading. 5/5

Excellently written, the bluffs is intriguing and suspenseful, full of unexpected twists and turns and keeps you guessing throughout. It’s hard to know who to trust of the range of complex well developed characters as the story unfolds. The depth of detail of the atmospheric Tasmanian bush setting weaved into the story make it easy to imagine being there amongst it. An excellent read.

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Compelling...

An exciting new author, I’m already looking forward to his next book! Full of mystery and suspense, The Bluffs is compelling reading.

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riveting

Wonderful read,
Couldn’t stop listening, such an interesting gripping story
I want more, waiting for next book ! Thanks

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the crime novel of the year

this is fantastic! the depth of the narration, to the suspense! could not put this one down! I loved the marriage of folklore with the modern world.

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Breathtaking!

A sweeping, fast-paced thriller that delivers. This story had me shouting out loud at the characters. Some brilliant suspense and genuinely surprising reveals.

Very highly recommended for the story alone, but Rhys Muldoon's narration is worth the price of admission as well.

Cannot recommend highly enough.

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Great narration

Love an Aussie book that engages you in the physical environment as well as the characters- all very relatable. Had some niggling things in the storyline but overall I was impressed with this debut. Capped off by the excellent narration.

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Interesting Plot

Enjoyed this.
No, the writing style isn’t groundbreaking.
Yes, the female narrator’s voice was like a fly in my ear.
The story, however, had me from the start.
Plot twists were unexpected - I’m usually a good guess but I didn’t see this one coming.
If you’re after a fast-paced modern-day Aussie mystery, served in the ethereal Tasmanian bush land, you’ll have a good time.

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The storyline read well but didn’t deliver - the plot was thin and it was confused from beginning to end. Sorry but I did not enjoy it at all.

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