Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Scrublands

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. A year later, troubled journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals about the priest and incidents leading up to the shooting don't fit with the ...


Details Scrublands

TitleScrublands
Author
Release DateJul 25th, 2018
PublisherAllen & Unwin
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Crime, Cultural, Australia
Rating

Reviews Scrublands

  • Marianne
    1970-01-01
    “It is, he knows full well, growing into a perfect summer story in the great tradition of Lindy Chamberlain and Schapelle Corby. A heady mixture of murder, religion and sex… a beautiful femme fatale to feed to the cameras, as well as perhaps the most crucial element of all: mystery. Why did Byron Swift open fire? Who did murder the pretty young backpackers? Were they raped and tortured, as alleged by the competition papers? All around Austral...
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    This book sucked me in and spat me out two days later. If you're put off by the length, don't be. There is so much going on in this book, such a complex and compelling mystery, that you won't even notice how long you've been reading. Hammer really captures the vibe of a drought stricken small town and the oppressive silence of a scorching hot Australian summer. You can definitely feel the author's journalist background shining through - the main ...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    1970-01-01
    My View:“The house is yelling now, screaming in its extremity: screeching steel, exploding timber, roaring fire, drowning out the sound of the receding dragon. Martin is soaking inside his overalls but his face feel paper-dry. He looks at the others, their faces red as if sunburnt. He watches as the shutter on the other side of the window begins to smoke and burn, slowly, almost apologetically. Smoke is gushing under the corridor door. Martin b...
  • Nola
    1970-01-01
    Scrublands is an explosive thriller that leaves you breathless at every turn. Riversend is a town already suffering from a slow death due to drought when a beloved priest opens fire on his flock in a seemingly senseless attack. The town's smouldering secrets are exposed and relayed with intense ferocity. A must read for crime lovers.
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    What an incredible book. Atmospheric, moving, clever and original, Scrublands has it all. This is not a who dunnit but a why dunnit and brilliantly shows how generational crimes, small town mistakes, human fallibility and present day realities collide until the inevitable explosion captures both the guilty and the innocent in its aftermath. With the deft hand of an investigative journalist and brilliance of an experienced social observer, Hammer ...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    A breathless plot racing through an atmospheric regional town makes for one of this year's most addictive adventures into the world of crime fiction. Hammer will keep you hooked.
  • Lisa Bacon-hall
    1970-01-01
    I loved this novel. A solid story and interesting characters. Really gave a great sense of the drought in NSW. Strong story line and it maintained my interest and was a book I kept wanting to read!
  • Tracy Mackay
    1970-01-01
    Thanks heaps to Allen and Unwin for my copy .What a brilliant read this book was! I love a good thriller and this is definitely one. I have to agree with one of the other reviewers and say it's multifaceted, there are just so many stories, twists and turns within the main story of the massacre by the priest. I can usually guess the who, why or how when I read a thriller or have a stab at it, but not with this book. I could not predict any of the ...
  • Allyce Cameron
    1970-01-01
    3.5* I enjoyed this one but didn’t think it was amazing, maybe because it’s been so hyped up and I went in with really high expectations. There was SO MUCH going on and SO MANY details almost to the point that I felt some of it could have been taken out and it still would have been a good read. However I did read it on a couple of planes in almost 7 straight hours so if I’d spaced it out a little maybe it wouldn’t have felt so intense. I ...
  • Win
    1970-01-01
    This book gets 4 1/2 stars from me. A riveting page turner from start to finish.Memorable characters & very atmospheric Australian bush setting. Loses half a star from me as it’s very wordy & possibly a few repetitious parts could have been pared down.
  • Toni
    1970-01-01
    Great murder mystery set in a tiny Australian town in the middle of the drought stricken outback.
  • David Linwood
    1970-01-01
    A rich and atmospheric novel that subverts many of the genres cliches. I have received an early copy of this one but when it hits shelves I'm sure it will be very popular.
  • Deb Bodinnar
    1970-01-01
    This story needs, yes, needs to be made into a TV Mini Series or a movie. One of the best books I've read in awhile. Knowing the country side where this tale is set made, the author described the landscape and atmosphere spot on. I thought that the characters, their backgrounds and relationships with each other have been masterfully written. I highly recommend this novel.
  • Alison Soraru
    1970-01-01
    An excellent tale of reputation and redemption. Scrublands is very relevant in today's news driven society where we are quickly given the where, when, how and who but rarely the why. Chris Hammer captures the desperation of a drought ridden country town and the media that descends on it hope of a headline story. At the heart of the story is the reputation of priest Bryon Swift, but reporter Martin Scarsden finds that many reputations, including h...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Australian Rural Crime has arrived, there are novels showing up everywhere claiming this as their sub-genre, and SCRUBLANDS is the one that everyone is talking about. Film rights have been sold, everyone's reading it, most are raving about the book.So having a contrary opinion is obviously going to go down like a lead balloon, but in this case, this reader has to beg to differ. Personally, after reading, SCRUBLANDS, it's staying with me as an air...
  • Ian Smith
    1970-01-01
    SCRUBLANDS by Chris Hammer An Allen and Unwin bookReview by Ian SmithWith more turns than a mountain pass road, more plots than a cemetery and more characters than a Shakespearean tragedy, this book keeps you glued to its pages as the main character, Martin Scarsden, suffers through the blistering heat of the outback in mid-summer Australia writing a catch up story that seemed fairly straightforward but becomes deeper with each passing page.Havin...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    This book pulled me in for two days and then released me still shaking my head at the sheer complexity of the story. I will be thinking of it long after I have put the book down.Chris Hammer expertly describes a town, a countryside, in the grip of a drought. The heat nearly leaps off the page and you can almost taste the dust, the smoke, the burning embers.This is a book of crime and coverups and lying and unfaithfulness. But it is also a book of...
  • Tanyia
    1970-01-01
    A really impressive debut that lost steam towards the end, but still hugely enjoyable.
  • Jay Dwight
    1970-01-01
    This one has had amazing pre-release reviews and it is easy to see why. Set in a remote country town gripped by drought, the writing is so emotive and descriptive. Despite reading the parts of this novel during chilly winter mornings, the parts describing the sheer heat, and also the fire scene, had me sweating and feeling like I was suffering these temperatures. A crime novel which is so cleverly plotted. What seems a story with a single strand ...
  • Cynthia
    1970-01-01
    This is a brutal story set in the brutal landscape of a drought Riverina town on the Hay Plains. A journalist comes to town to report on the annivesary of a mass murder and discovers so much more about the town and himself. Murders, lies, drugs and the relentless heat feature. An enjoyable story with not a lot of niceness. Great to read an Australian gritty crime story. With thanks to the publishers for a review copy.
  • Cathy Hunt
    1970-01-01
    A fantastic outback read, intense and compelling story. Highly recommend
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    There is an immediate sense in the reading of SCRUBLANDS that we are absolutely in safe hands. Writing with the confidence and assurance that thirty years as a journalist has crafted, author Chris Hammer has written an immersive and convincing novel about secrets and survival set in one of the harshest of environments – an Australian outback town during an extended drought. Sent to report on the aftermath of a multiple shooting one year on, Mar...
  • Tony Nielsen
    1970-01-01
    I'll put my hand up from the get go. I am a sucker for novels (good ones) based in outback Australia.Tim Winton is top of my list of authors in that regard but now I have also discovered Chris Hammer and Scrublands is a real delight.'We're introduced to an isolated small town, one that's truly evocative of the Australian outback. The town and its people are at the mercy of the weather and the bushfires that often come with the scorching summers. ...
  • Lara
    1970-01-01
    This book is absolutely brilliant. Set in a small town that you feel was already dying before tragedy struck, you can almost feel the desperation coming off the pages. The twists and turns in the story as we peel away the layers give us an understanding of what it must be like living in a small isolated town where hopelessness has become a way of life during a drought without end. The characters, whether they be hero or villain, you keep turning ...
  • Carly-Jay
    1970-01-01
    Bloody magnificent. This lady stinger of a book supersedes ‘The Dry’, and any of Peter Temple’s works (big call I know). The writing is superb without being uppity, and the story - my god. I’ve never read anything as beautiful and brutal as Chris Hammer’s novel, so can he please write more? Like one a year? With thanks. This and Robert Lukins debut are my two favourite books of 2018.
  • Nathan
    1970-01-01
    Lose 100 pages and it's spectacular. As it is, it's damn good.
  • Joanne
    1970-01-01
    Having finished this book a few days ago, I can excitedly confirm that the pre-release hype is absolutely warranted! Scrublands is a compelling crime thriller, an intricately woven story of the secrets of a small country town ravaged by drought, and the desperate lengths some inhabitants go to in order to survive..The author, inspired by years of researching, reporting and writing a non-fiction book about the drought, brilliantly immerses the rea...
  • Melissa Keep
    1970-01-01
    Do not pick this book up unless you have no plans because once you pick it up you won’t put it down.Chris Hammers description of a small town on the brink of disappearing is gripping especially in Australia’s current drought crisis. Having been to numerous small towns in my life his description is spot on and literally had me feel like i was sitting in one of these small service men’s clubs with the Chinese bistro at the back..Fans of The D...
  • Ewan
    1970-01-01
    Wasn't too bothered with this. It was far too long for my tastes - with whole chapters seemingly explaining the events that had just been described. Not for me.