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The Souvenir (Soho Crime)
An early morning murder in the park of a quiet country town in Australia. Four years later, Marion must find out who killed her brother. The police, the press and ordinary people have lost interest in the case, unable to determine which of two teenage girls was the culprit. Sandra and Peta met each other while hitchhiking across Australia. They travelled together for a sho ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Crime
(first published January 28th 1996)
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Two Australian teenagers go hitch-hiking together for the first time. One is shy, the other a lot more flamboyant. Eventually one of them kills somebody, they throw the blame back on each other and the police can't make an arrest for lack of conclusive evidence... the premise of this thriller sounded more ingenious than most, but the writing is dull and the psychology of the girls unconvincing.
Carlon's book relied too much on 'police files' and memory. While these two may be stock in trade for mysteries, it doesn't seem to ring true when you look to facts as they should be (facts which can be gleaned from the book). I found the book too tedious to read and the mystery not mysterious enough. It just wasn't that good.
I happened upon this author while browsing through the stacks in my local library. I had not heard of her, so I looked her up. This was the book I decided to read first. It reminds me in tone most of Patricia Highsmith - there is a detachment in the telling of the story that I liked.