Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday

  
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings which spotlights and discusses forthcoming books that bloggers are looking forward to reading. Generally it's about books that haven't been released yet. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday, formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

There are so many exciting new books on the horizon, so without further adieu, this week's Can't Wait For book is . . .  


Scrublands 
Release Date:  January 8, 2019
Publisher:  Touchstone/Simon & Schuster


From Goodreads:  In an isolated country town afflicted by interminable drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, shooting dead five parishioners before being gunned down himself.
A year later, accompanied by his own demons from war-time reporting, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend. His assignment is deliberately simple: describe how the townspeople are coping as the anniversary of their tragedy approaches. But as Martin meets the locals and hears their version of events, he begins to realise that the accepted wisdom – that the priest was a paedophile whose imminent exposure was the catalyst for the shooting, established through an award-winning investigation by his own newspaper – may be wrong.

Just as Martin believes he’s making headway, a dramatic new development rocks the town. The bodies of two German backpackers - missing since the time of the church shootings - are discovered in a dam in the scrublands. It's the biggest story in Australia, the media arrive en masse. Instead of gently easing back into reporting, Martin finds himself thrown into a media storm, and with it a complex mystery.

What was the real reason behind the priest’s shooting spree? And how does it connect to the backpacker murders, if at all? Martin struggles to uncover the town’s dark secrets, putting his job, his mental state, and his life all at risk as events escalate around him.
My thoughts:   The complex plot and characters intrigue me, making this debut a must-read of 2019.
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8 comments:

  1. Hi Catherine!

    I do like the sound of this, and love the front of the book tagline. I'd read on! Hope you enjoy it.

    Here is my WOW Wednesday post. Jedi, you shall be!

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  2. This sounds good! A little different from my usual read and quite the page turner!

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  3. I hadn't heard about this one and it sounds very, very intriguing. Reminds me a bit of THE DRY. Putting it on my list for sure. January - right?

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    1. Funny you should say that, Kay. It has been compared to The Dry and to Beyond the Fall.

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