Kyle Perry’s The Bluffs is a Thrilling and Immersive Debut

Kyle Perry’s The Bluffs is a Thrilling and Immersive Debut

At the bottom of the world, there is an island. It is a land of rugged wilderness, of ice and snow and blistering heat … They say extinct tigers still roam there. They say other things roam there, too.

When a group of five teenage schoolgirls go missing in the remote bushlands of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers, the small town of Limestone Creek falls into disarray. Years ago, five young girls were lost to those dangerous bluffs, and the local legend of ‘the Hungry Man’ still haunts the townsfolk to this day.

Today however, authorities discover that the girl’s teacher, Eliza Ellis, was knocked unconscious, so someone on the mountain had something planned from the start. Jordan Murphy, local drug dealer and father of Jasmine, one of the missing students, instantly becomes suspect for the disappearances. Leading detective Con Badenhurst quickly learns that in a small town like this – with corrupt police, local gossip, and a teenage YouTube star – everyone is hiding something, and bluffing comes second nature.

When a body is found, mauled, at the bottom of a cliff, suspicion turns to a wild animal – but that can’t explain why she was discovered barefoot, her shoes at the top of the cliff, laces neatly tied.

Told from three perspectives, The Bluffs manages to tell a riveting story that will give even a seasoned thriller reader goosebumps. Getting lost in the Tasmanian mountains twice himself, Perry’s eerily immersive depictions of the landscape highlights not only his own, but his family’s experiences in the mountains. Kyle’s mother grew up in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers, while his grandfather went on search and rescue missions for lost travellers. If there’s one thing you can count on this book to do, it’s to truly immerse you into the enchanting landscape of Tasmania’s heartland.

Perry manages to create some exceptionally compelling characters, while capturing the teenage experience in a really authentic way. The atmosphere of the Great Western Tiers haunted me for days after I put the book down and kept me guessing throughout every chapter.

The Bluffs is a perfect winter read that will pull you in and won’t let go. Perry has managed to exceed expectations for his debut novel. Full of mystery, crime, and a certain hair raising charm, you won’t be disappointed. We cant wait to read more from Kyle Perry in the future!

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              Publisher details

              The Bluffs
              Author
              Kyle Perry
              Publisher
              Penguin
              Genre
              Australian Fiction
              Released
              02 July, 2020
              ISBN
              9781760895679

              Synopsis

              When a school group of teenage girls goes missing in the remote wilderness of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers, the people of Limestone Creek are immediately on alert. Three decades ago, five young girls disappeared in the area of those dangerous bluffs, and the legend of ‘the Hungry Man’ still haunts locals to this day. Now, authorities can determine that the teacher, Eliza Ellis, was knocked unconscious, so someone on the mountain was up to foul play. Jordan Murphy, the local dealer and father of missing student Jasmine, instantly becomes the prime suspect. But Detective Con Badenhorst knows that in a town this size – with corrupt cops, small-town politics, and a teenage YouTube sensation – everyone is hiding something, and bluffing is second nature. When a body is found, mauled, at the bottom of a cliff, suspicion turns to a wild animal – but that can’t explain why she was discovered barefoot, her shoes at the top of the cliff, laces neatly tied.
              Kyle Perry
              About the author

              Kyle Perry

              Kyle Perry is a drug and alcohol counsellor based in Hobart, Tasmania. He has grown up around the Tasmanian bush and seas, with the landscape a key feature of his writing and his spare time. He loves the sea, and his entire leg is covered in ocean tattoos. His debut novel, The Bluffs, has been translated into five languages. It was shortlisted for the Dymocks Book of the Year and the Indie’s Debut Fiction Book of the Year, and was longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year.

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