This book started off with a " bang" for me. Couldn't put it down. Wonderfully written aptly describing the multiple problems all small bush town problems that their residents are confronted with. Drought, unemployment, business closures are just a few. Murders and a mass shooting in Riversend are just more heartbreaks their residents have to contend with. However, as the book moved on, I somehow felt the story line flattened for me. The plot became very complex and even confusing with so many residents involved in so many things behind the scenes. Of course, the ending was typical of so many endings. Two main characters reunite and rekindle their affection for each other, another old bushie cleans up his act and becomes decent and of course, the rain starts to fall.