Bamboozling Mystery: Bloodtree River by Sarah Barrie

Bamboozling Mystery: Bloodtree River by Sarah Barrie

Strange things have been happening at Calico Mountain Lodge in Tasmania where it appears that a serial killer is on the loose, even though some of the townspeople would rather deny the unusually suspicious pattern of murders and disappearances. Although reluctant to take up the assignment in the beginning, it’s up to Detective Indiana (‘Indy’) O’Meara to unveil the faceless killer in this twisty rural suspense, skillfully crafted by the author of the bestselling Hunters Ridge series.

Tough-as-nails, celebrated Detective O’Meara is first notified of the case when a young girl disappears from the lodge where she worked. Calico Mountain Lodge is a remote Tasmanian country retreat and cattle property – hardly the usual stage for a psychotic serial killer. Then again, Detective O’Meara has encountered stranger things in her time.

Problem is, this isn’t the first time it’s happened. Two years earlier, a group of fishermen found the body of a young woman snagged on debris in the Tyenna River. She was identified as twenty-four-year old Latisha Nolan who worked at Calico Mountain and had disappeared two years earlier. Before that, a backpacker who’d been missing for years was found a few kilometres from where Latisha’s body washed up. She was alive and rambling about escaping ‘him.’

Detective O’Meara leaves her Sydney headquarters to head off to investigate the strange goings-on, forcing her to relinquish a hot case involving a well-known drug lord D’Angelo. In Tasmania she joins forces with Detective Mark Robinson who has been pursuing the Calico Mountain case to no avail. O’Meara is suspicious of his laid-back demeanour and apparent incompetence, so much so that her prime suspect – an enigmatic, elusive man by the name of Logan Atherton – was found just mere kilometres away from the murder scene of Latisha.

In Bloodtree River, with its fish-out-of-water representations of small town Australia, there are unmistakeable echoes of Kenneth Cook’s eerie classic, Wake in Fright. Barrie’s novel, however, is far less claustrophobic, and instead employs an ensemble cast of suspects and roadblocks that make this thriller deliciously hard to predict.

When our protagonist goes undercover at Calico Mountain, she realises that everyone is hiding something, and that their secrets are way darker than O’Meara could have ever imagined. Things only get worse when O’Meara commits the ultimate sin and finds herself falling madly in love with a prime suspect.

Although author Sarah Barrie has been lauded for her ability to blend suspense and romance in her fiction, when we heard she wanted to create a new hybrid thriller it seemed it might be a bridge too far – but it works fantastically well, and the inclusion of a romantic subplot in Bloodtree River adds depth and complexity to an already bamboozling mystery.

Go to Calico Mountain if you dare!

About the author

Sarah Barrie’s debut novel Secrets of Whitewater Creek earned her a spot as one of the Top 10 breakthrough authors of 2014, and her next three books, the Hunters Ridge series, also reached bestseller status.

Sarah has also worked as a teacher, a vet nurse, a horse trainer, and a magazine editor. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her ferrying children to soccer or gymnastics, or trudging through paddocks chasing cattle, sheep, chickens or the Houdini pig that never stays put for very long.

Her favourite place in the world is the family property, where she writes her stories overlooking mountains crisscrossed with farmland, bordered by the beauty of the Australian bush, and where, at the end of the day, she can spend time with family, friends, a good Irish whiskey, and a copy of her next favourite book.

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                  Publisher details

                  Bloodtree River
                  Author
                  Sarah Barrie
                  Publisher
                  Harlequin
                  Genres
                  Fiction, Thriller
                  Released
                  23 April, 2018

                  Synopsis

                  Indiana O’Meara is no stranger to the forces of evil. Her own past is full of violence. Now a policewoman, Indy is always fighting to redeem herself and defeat the dark. So when girls begin to go missing at a remote cattle station in Tasmania, she is quick to agree to go undercover to investigate chief suspect, the owner of Calico Mountain Lodge, Logan Atherton, even though last time she went undercover it came to a bloody end.But her early encounter with Logan Atherton reveals a man full of contradictions. His deep empathy for horses and those he cares for is obvious but he is also taciturn to the point of rudeness, and there is a strange atmosphere at the lodge. It doesn’t add up.As Indy begins to dig deeper into the secrets at the Lodge, she finds herself embroiled in a murderous web more complex and terrifying than she could ever have imagined...
                  Sarah Barrie
                  About the author

                  Sarah Barrie

                  Sarah Barrie lives with her husband and children in a rural area on the Central Coast of NSW. She divides her time between writing, being a mum and her position as editor of an Australian equestrian magazine. When she finds a spare moment or two, she enjoys spending time with her Arabian horses and the various other animals that call the farm home. Though her writing career has traditionally revolved around producing articles for various publications, her true passion lies in fiction and she enjoys writing contemporary romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance.

                  Books by Sarah Barrie

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                  1. Lyn Dale says:

                    Finished reading this last week,not my normal reading but husband has bought me a few of your books (some twice as he forgets what he has bought)!I have enjoyed all so far but cannot read them going to bed!Think I might have met you last year while spending lots on Sarcs at Barritas open day,hoping to come down again this year.