Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Small country towns hold their secrets but they often come back to haunt them in ways that are unexpected and sometimes devastating. This well written debut crime novel will keep you wondering about what if, as it moves from the present to the past and back again.

In the summer of 1989 a stranger comes to town whose presence changes the relationship of two best mates; Ben and Fab in ways they never expected. The sinister events have lifelong repercussions for both of them and their lives are forever affected by not just by one horrific crime, but many of the events that took place in the town, and their lives during that time. Their friendship exceeded bounds as each tried to protect the other in the best way they could to the point they were willing to sacrifice everything to protect one another.

This book is not written as a typical crime novel but is an insight into the legacy that crime such as incest; domestic violence and child abuse have, not just on the victims but entire communities.