Alone in the wilderness, they are picked off one by one … Gripping, standalone romantic thriller from an author at the top of her game.
A tragic accident, a terrible crime, an unknown threat…
In Deadman’s Track, three very different lives become entangled. Scarred by a recent tragedy on Federation Peak, Tess Atherton is reluctant to guide a group of young hikers in the wild Tasmanian winter, but it seems safer than remaining amid the violence that threatens them in Hobart. Little does she know that she has brought the danger with her…
Detective Senior Sergeant Jared Denham is closing in on a serial killer, but someone doesn’t want him getting to the truth and the case is becoming personal. He already owes Tess his life, and wants to return the favour – but when it comes to enemies, Jared may be looking in the wrong direction.
Time is running out, and death is stalking them…
Sarah Barrie started off writing rural romance, but with the release of Deadman’s Track, the third instalment in three interconnected novels, she firmly claims her place as Australia’s standout author of romantic thrillers. Like her previous novels Bloodtree River and Devil’s Lair, Deadman’s Track is a taut psychological suspense set in a dramatic Tasmanian landscape, and revisits many of the same characters, as well as Calico Lodge. However, don’t be put off by this if you haven’t read the first two books – it’s not really a series as such, and can certainly be read as a standalone.
In Deadman’s Track, Sarah expertly weaves together three plotlines, with compelling characters who must each overcome their demons in order to survive. Tess is especially interesting, with a great character arc. Her confidence has been undermined by an accident that has taken place, and the unsettling feeling that her boyfriend Aaron is overly possessive. I also found Jai Wharton fascinating, a young man struggling to hold everything together in difficult circumstances. Sarah masterfully sets the scene, the characters, the layers, and takes us on a thrilling ride.
You’ll be hooked right from the start, with an exhilarating scene on Federation Peak in bad weather. Once again, the Tasmanian landscape looms large here, the perfect setting for any thriller, but especially with this novel’s heart-pounding wintry climax which takes place in one of the most remote places on earth.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages well past bedtime, and I constantly changed my mind about how this was going to end. I love that it kept me guessing.
Deadman’s Track is terrifying and terrific. Don’t miss it.