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Dirt Town Kindle Edition
'A heart-wrenching mystery . . . A stellar debut.' Jane Harper
My best friend wore her name, Esther, like a queen wearing her crown at a jaunty angle. We were twelve years old when she went missing.
On a sweltering Friday afternoon in Durton, best friends Ronnie and Esther leave school together. Esther never makes it home.
Ronnie's going to find her, she has a plan. Lewis will help. Their friend can't be gone, Ronnie won't believe it.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels can believe it, she has seen what people are capable of. She knows more than anyone how, in a moment of weakness, a person can be driven to do something they never thought possible.
Lewis can believe it too. But he can't reveal what he saw that afternoon at the creek without exposing his own secret.
Five days later, Esther's buried body is discovered.
What do we owe the girl who isn't there?
Character-rich and propulsive, with a breathtakingly original use of voice and revolving points of view, Hayley Scrivenor delves under the surface, where no one can hide. With emotional depth and sensitivity, this stunning debut shows us how much each person matters in a community that is at once falling apart and coming together.
Esther will always be a Dirt Town child, as we are its children, still.
'You will not be able to put it down.' Hannah Kent
'Masterful. Australian crime has a new star.' Chris Hammer
Praise for Dirt Town:
'A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Town to life. A stellar debut.' - Jane Harper
'Dirt Town is a remarkable debut, Hayley Scrivenor masterful in her deft handling of the tensions underpinning a small, regional town, and the complex characters that populate it. You will not be able to put it down.' - Hannah Kent
'I loved this. What wonderful writing. Scarily good! . . . Masterful. Australian crime has a new star. The characters of Dirt Town are rich, raw and beautifully realised. One of the crime books of the year. Intelligent, nuanced and compassionate.' - Chris Hammer
'Beautifully written, compassionate, with an entirely credible but heart-breaking ending. A stunning debut.' - Ann Cleeves
"A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Creek to life. A stellar debut."
--Jane Harper, internationally bestselling author of The Survivors
"I loved this. What wonderful writing. Scarily good! . . . Masterful. Australian crime has a new star. The characters of Dirt Creek are rich, raw and beautifully realized. One of the crime books of the year. Intelligent, nuanced and compassionate."
--Chris Hammer, internationally bestselling author of Scrublands
"Dirt Creek is a remarkable debut, Hayley Scrivenor masterful in her deft handling of the tensions underpinning a small, regional town, and the complex characters that populate it. You will not be able to put it down."
--Hannah Kent, internationally bestselling author of Burial Rights
About the Author
- ASIN : B09M3G5818
- Publisher : Macmillan Australia (31 May 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 4177 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 80 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What is it about a small town murder mystery that always has me intrigued? The town of Dutton, known is Dirt Town to the locals. Everyone knows everyone’s business, or so they think. They soon discover that there is so much more below the surface for these families, when a young girl goes missing on her way home from school, never to be seen again.
We know from the beginning the fate of Esther. The opening chapter tells of the finding of her small body, buried. But who would do this and why? Enter DS Sarah Michaels, an outsider who has been sent to find the girl.. and then the killer.
It is a slow burn that is certainly worth the read. These characters and the town come to life and you feel you could be there. Heartbreaking revelations are uncovered and the town and its residents will never be the same again.
Lots of players in this one, and lots of small town mystery. Enjoyed this and would recommend.
Top reviews from other countries
And the last, what, five or six post-denouement chapters - who cares?
A little hard to keep all the names and people straight but it keeps you on the edge until the end .