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The Way It Is Now Kindle Edition
Twenty years ago Charlie Deravin’s mother went missing near the family beach shack—believed murdered; body never found. His father has lived under a cloud of suspicion ever since.
Now Charlie’s back living in the shack in Menlo Beach, on disciplinary leave from his job with the police sex-crimes unit, and permanent leave from his marriage. After two decades worrying away at the mystery of his mother’s disappearance, he’s run out of leads.
Then the skeletal remains of two people are found in the excavation of a new building site—and the past comes crashing in on Charlie.
The Way It Is Now is the enthralling new novel from Garry Disher, one of Australia’s most loved and celebrated crime writers.
Garry Disher has published over fifty titles across multiple genres. With a growing international reputation for his best-selling crime novels, he has won four German and three Australian awards for best crime novel of the year, and been longlisted twice for a British CWA Dagger award. In 2018 he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘Disher is one of this country’s finest writers.’ Tony Birch
‘Disher is the gold standard for rural noir.’ Chris Hammer
‘A giant not only of crime fiction but of Australian letters.’ Ned Kelly Awards
About the Author
- ASIN : B097TVPMY3
- Publisher : Text Publishing (2 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1546 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 272 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have read and enjoyed all of his books,especially the ones set on the Mornington Peninsula.
Being local I enjoy the settings.
Loved the book and read it in 1 day.Very sorry when it finished.
Since he is back home Charlie starts to ruminate again on what happened to his mother who disappeared 20 years ago. His parents had already separated by then and his father remarried quite quickly. It was rumoured his mother was seeing someone but, as a line of inquiry, it was not followed up well. Charlie himself was, at the time, a newly minted officer fully focussed on searching for Billy Saul a missing 8 year old boy. Many people thought that Charlie’s father had murdered his mother.
So Charlie starts asking questions and speaking to witnesses from 20 years ago. The ‘real’ police are not happy about this. Things take a turn for the worse when Anna, Charlie’s new girlfriend starts getting harassed again. Anna was a juror on a major trial which had to be abandoned and a re-trial set after ‘irregularities’. There was immense pressure on jurors to acquit but Anna would not be swayed. Charlie and Anna met during the trial and soon became an item. Again, not popular with his employers. Also not popular with the criminal friends of the accused and they are both in danger. Then some skeletal remains are found.
Things come to a head one night when Charlie finds one injured and one dead ‘person of interest’ in his mother’s disappearance and the truth comes out at last. It’s not pretty and is very disappointing for Charlie to learn about the true nature of people he trusted and looked up to.
The book was lacking a bit of drama for me and seemed a bit slow at times. But the big disappointment about this book was the ending. It ended very abruptly, I kept looking for more. If I was reading a paper book it would have felt like the last two pages had been torn out. So, while I thought this would be a stand alone book, I’m now not sure because it doesn’t feel complete and yet it wasn’t like a cliffhanger either. I’m actually stumped! Thanks to Netgalley and Text Publishing for the much appreciated arc which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
Disher is a seasoned, accomplished writer, which shows in the way he brings both his setting as well as his characters to life. This is a slow-burning, character driven story with an atmospheric small town Australian setting that appears almost languid in the beginning. But don’t be fooled, because it is full of scarred and damaged characters, family secrets, regret and disillusionment, and coming to terms with past mistakes. Whilst the mystery surrounding Rose Deravin’s disappearance intrigued me and soon reeled me in, the story was about so much more than a cold case. Disher’s description of life in a small Australian coastal town are spot on and made this tale seem authentic, as did Charlie’s growing disillusionment with his career, which has left him suspecting he worst of his fellow men. There is a rich cast of supporting characters who provide background and red herrings and fleshed the story out nicely. I particularly enjoyed the ethical dilemma of Charlie digging into the past, knowing that his father could be a killer, feeling torn between the love for the man and his suspicions. Set in early 2020, Disher incorporates the historical landmarks that defined that terrible year, from the bushfire crisis to the first appearance of covid cases around the world.
If you are a reader who enjoys a slower, character driven mystery with an authentic small town Australian setting, then Disher is a writer you should definitely turn to. Even though I found the ending a bit rushed, I enjoyed getting caught up in the intrigue and the slow unravelling of secrets that Disher does so well.