A Haunting Small-Town Mystery: Read an Extract from The River Mouth by Karen Herbert

A Haunting Small-Town Mystery: Read an Extract from The River Mouth by Karen Herbert

Colin’s last class was tech drawing, so he got to the bus stop first. He put his bag next to the stop sign to claim his place at the front of the line and retreated to the basketball court fence to wait in the shade.

The bus would be a while. It had to pick up the little kids from the primary school. He watched the other students as they dribbled across the school oval. Some of the first years still thought it was fun to run headlong down the grassed slope from the quadrangle to the ovals.

No-one had shamed it out of them yet, at least not the boys. Colin doesn’t know how girls work that kind of thing out. He couldn’t see them beating each other up but he couldn’t see them politely taking each other aside and explaining the rules of high school either. He sniggered as he saw two first year girls run down the slope, lose their balance, and go tumbling, skirts up and pink knickers on show. A group of boys whistled and jeered, and the girls picked themselves up and dashed for the bus stop, laughing and bags flying…

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          Publisher details

          The River Mouth
          Author
          Karen Herbert
          Publisher
          Fremantle Press
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          28 September, 2021
          ISBN
          9781760990466

          Synopsis

          Fifteen-year-old Darren Davies is found facedown in the Weymouth River with a gunshot wound to his chest. The killer is never found. Ten years later, his mother receives a visit from the local police. Sandra’s best friend has been found dead on a remote Pilbara road, and Barbara’s DNA matches the DNA found under Darren’s fingernails. When the investigation into her son’s murder is reopened, Sandra begins to question what she knew about her best friend. As she digs, she discovers that there are many secrets in her small town, and that her murdered son had secrets too.
          Karen Herbert
          About the author

          Karen Herbert

          Karen Herbert spent her childhood in Geraldton on the midwest coast of Australia, attending local schools before moving to Perth to study at the University of Western Australia where she attained a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Psychology. Karen has worked in aged care, disability services, higher education, Indigenous land management, social housing and the public sector, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Board Member of The Intelife Group, a Board Observer at Advocare, and President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). Karen lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, Ross, and the occasional fledgling.

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