A mother disappears from a busy festival on a warm spring night.
Her baby lies alone in the pram, her mother’s possessions surrounding her, waiting for a return which never comes.
A year later, Kim Gillespie’s absence still casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather to welcome a new addition to the family.
Joining the celebrations on a rare break from work is federal investigator Aaron Falk, who begins to suspect that all is not as it seems.
As he looks into Kim’s case, long-held secrets and resentments begin to come to the fore, secrets that show that her community is not as close as it appears.
Thank you so much to Emma at Book Break for the early proof copy of Exiles, I have enjoyed all of Jane Harper’s books, you can read my reviews here –
You can imagine my delight when this one slipped through my letterbox!
Honestly, this book started slowly for me and I was initially unsure about it, however it was at a time when I was super busy so I can’t be sure that that didn’t impact, but I initially did feel a tad disappointed. Fear not my reading friends, my reading time grew, the book picked up pace, whatever! But I can say this book turned out to be an exceptional read.
Set in Australia, this is the third book in the Aaron Falk series, he is off duty visiting friends for a christening, a delayed event due to a woman going missing the previous year, a woman with close links to Falk’s friends. Set around a food festival at which the woman disappeared it is the anniversary of her unresolved disappearance. Falk was there 12 months ago and is back now.
Harper proves once again her skill in establishing a strong plot, without the searing and hostile environment that featured in a couple of previous books, however the small town vibes in this book work well, with everybody knowing everyone, history is strong and secrets too. Truthfully I didn’t work this one out until the author chose to reveal, I had my suspicions of course…
A decent read, one I enjoyed immensely and reinforced Jane Harper as one of my favourite authors. I am so glad that 4 books in this is still the case, personally there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for this book and after a slow start it is a huge relief that it did not disappoint. Highly recommended but a bit of a wait until February for this one I’m afraid!!!
About the Author
Jane Harper is the author of four internationally bestselling Australian mysteries, including The Dry. Her books are published in 40 territories and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Jane has won numerous awards including the CWA Gold Dagger, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year and the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year. The 2021 movie adaptation of The Dry, starring Eric Banner, is one of the highest grossing Australian films of all time.
Jane worked as a print journalist for 13 years in both Australia and the UK, and now lives in Melbourne with her husband, daughter and son.