Get Out the Map!
June 23, 2013
I love books with a strong sense of place that satisfy my wanderlust and current frame of mind. Right now, I'm in a "gotta get outta here" kind of way -- ready to get far away from school, work, the city, and the house. And, not just any destination will do. I've gone beyond thinking of Midwestern daytrips; I'm dreaming of exotic locales. That's why my new book love, Bay of Fires, fits the bill -- as in Bay of Fires National Park, Tasmania. You've got to get out the map for this one!
Brisbane native, Poppy Gee, gets this atmospheric mystery right the first time. The isolated island setting, with its dangerous rock pools, brushfires, and weird night creatures, is to die for. As it turns out, two college-age girls have gone missing, and everyone in the small camp of holiday vacationers is a suspect. Sarah Avery, a fishing expert who has lost her job due to her own bad behavior, spends hours watching the comings and goings of the locals. Is there a killer on the beach? Who will be the next victim? That's what journalist Hall Flynn wants to know, too, so he enlists Sarah's help to investigate. They've got a connection, but she's got a secret. Follow along as they venture inland to an abandoned mining town, battle dust storms, and run from things that go bump in the night. Don't let the "tassies" get you!