An isolated town with a dark past…
In secluded Devlins Reach, on the shores of the Hawkesbury River, three bodies are unearthed in an excavation site. When a wilderness expert, Park Ranger Taylor Bridges, is called in to assist local police, he soon discovers the town has an unsettling history – one to match Taylor’s own haunted past.
But the quiet location and picturesque beauty of The Reach are hiding something darker than Taylor could have anticipated. Within the town’s tight-knit community of loggers, store owners and tight-lipped locals, someone is targeting the residents one by one.
As a torrential storm surges ever closer, and the river swells at the levee walls, The Reach goes into lockdown. With no way in or out, Taylor finds himself in a race against the power of nature to find a desperate killer before the whole town goes under.
The Reach is the third novel In B. Michael Radburn’s thrilling Taylor Bridges series. Taking Taylor and his family a few hours out of Sydney to a remote National Park, this is the perfect setting for a small-town murder mystery. This latest addition can be read as a standalone novel, or you can start from the beginning with The Crossing and work your way through the series from start to finish.
From the second the bodies are discovered, Radburn propels the reader forward through a fast-paced and tightly plotted storyline that kept me guessing from start to finish.
Everyone is on edge, and the tension is palpable. Taylor and his family are often treated like outsiders, which makes for some tense interactions with the locals. Every character, from Taylor and his family to Ryan Everett, the town’s local detective, was fleshed out and richly drawn, each with their own dark secrets.
Something that really worked well in the novel was the rural setting. The dense Australian bushland is not something to underestimate and Radburn perfectly understands this. His eerie descriptions of the bush only add to the mystery and atmosphere. Radburn himself lives in rural NSW and it definitely shows through the detailed and immersive setting.
The Reach is the kind of book that will keep you hooked until the very last page. With complex and thrilling characters, to a haunting rural setting, this is a standout addition to Taylor Bridges series. I can’t wait for the next instalment.