Yackandandah in Victoria is a small close-knit town, and everyone knows their neighbours. In this novel, ‘Devastation Road’ is the name locals have given to the local Station Road. Several mysterious fires have occurred along this road, together with the tragic hit and run death of local girl Jeanette Carmody. The car and the driver were never identified.
The novel opens with another fire, one in which fifteen-year-old Matt Tingle is caught. But who lit the fire, and why? And then another local girl, Debbie, is found drowned in a pond. Matt Tingle and Chess Febey decide to investigate. Matt and Chess aren’t really friends: Matt feels sorry for her, but he knows she’s smart. And maybe the two of them can find out who killed Jeanette as well. Maybe there’s a pattern involved?
‘I KNOW YOU KILLED HER.’
I read this novel twice. The first time I read the book in a day, galloping through to find out how it would end. The second time, I read more slowly. I paid closer attention to how Matt and Chess worked together to figure it out. There are a few different strands to the story, including some difficult issues for the reader (this is aimed at a YA audience) to consider.
I was delighted to learn that ‘Devastation Road’ is the first book in a trilogy. I’ve already purchased the second book (‘The Elsinore Vanish’) as I’m very keen to see what Matt and Chess do next.
Highly recommended, and not just for the intended YA audience. A well-developed murder-mystery with a twist (or two).
‘How can a car be dark blue and white and the same time? Give it some thought. I think the truth to this whole thing lies in the answer.’
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Devastation Road (Beechworth Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Joanna Baker was educated at The Friends' School, Hobart, the Australian National University, and RMIT Melbourne. She writes murder mysteries set in the two places she loves: Tasmania and the wine and high country of North Eastern Victoria. She also writes online about murder mysteries, why they are so enduring, and why they are not trivial. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07CZ6R995
- Publisher : Soren Press (9 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 733 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 560,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in Australia on 20 August 2019
Beautifully written. Devastation Road is best kind of young adult fiction, not shying away from difficult topics, but at the same time featuring characters who are warm, interesting and capable. I loved this book when it was first released and I’m thrilled that now there is a sequel.
Reviewed in Australia on 7 December 2019
Started off a bit slow but ended up in a good way. The story is about a 15 y.o boy without too many life experiences. He lives in a small town where a murder occurred 8 years ago and now another murder occurs. Kept me thinking about who the murderer was. With so many twists and turns there are other mysteries involved. Highly recommended