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Publisher's Summary

Small town. Big Secret.

An unforgettable debut that brings the darkness in an Australian country town vividly to life as it slowly reveals its devastating secrets.

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends. Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrives in the Wimmera. Fab reckons he is a secret agent, and he and Ben stake him out. Up close, the man's shoulders are wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green. His hands are enormous, red and knotty. He looks strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realises the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

Twenty years later Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.

Wimmera is the 2016 Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger.

©2017 Mark Brandi (P)2017 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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Gut wrenching

Amazing book. If you were a kid growing up in the 80s in Australia, this will feel very familiar. The ominous undertones and sense of foreboding start on page 1 and never let up. I loved this book.

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Disappointed

Very disappointed in the book. it had rave reviews and was supposed to be a thriller. Thete was no suspense. You knew in your mind what would happen and why.

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Just seemed to be missing bits

The story itself was good, but where there was lots of detail in the beginning, it just trailed off at the end, and finished rather abruptly.

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Not a favourite

A little disappointed in this book. I expected an Aussie narrator, the accent got a little irritating at times.
The story line was a little slow and drawn out

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  • Michael
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 20-07-2018

Surprisingly Good

I was uncertain what to expect but, after listening, I was pleased that I purchased this audiobook. Set in rural Australia, the story unfolded in an interesting way and the narrator brought the words to life. I am looking forward to more audiobooks from this author and this narrator.

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  • Kay
  • 11-06-2018

Very very slow

This is a frustrating near miss. I love The Dry and Tim Winton giving me access to rural malaise but I knew there would be abuse as soon as the character entered the story.
Subtle but slow. I did stick it out to the end.

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great

loved it . reminded me of childhood and how young people in those times played and related compared to now. stòry was good awful what happened to ben but vry realistic

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Loved it!

Great story! Very moving. Funny to find out what boys think about. Love the narrator's voice.