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And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic
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it was amazing
bookshelves: australian-author, 2017, netgalley, thriller

Caleb Zelic is back in Melbourne trying to put his life back on track. His best friend Gary is dead, his ex-wife has vanished after a brief reconciliation and his business partner Frankie has fled leaving him to run his investigation service on his own. When he is summoned into an alley where a distraught young woman is waiting for him, but before he can find out what the problem is, a big blond thug chases after her, forcing her into the traffic where she is fatally hit by a car. She tries to tell him something as she is dying but because Caleb is deaf and relies on lip reading he's not sure how much he got. However, Caleb is determined to help her even though she is now dead and returns to Resurrection Bay, the town where he grew up, to find out who sent her to him and why she needed his help.

Emma Viskic paints a very vivid and real picture of small town rural Australia. It's high summer and the threat of bushfires hangs over the town. Racial tensions are high as gangs of white youths damage and burn down properties. Caleb thinks a bikie gang may be trying to take over the local drug supply but where does the dead girl fit into all this?

Caleb has moved in with his brother Ant, still living in their old family home. He was a drug user but has been clean for 2 years and has a girlfriend and a job. It's clear they really care about each other and start to mend their relationship once Caleb sees that Ant has become more responsible. Caleb's wife Kat also arrives back in town and they clearly still love each other but Kat finds his inability to share his thought and feelings with her difficult to live with. Everyone seems to have secrets and it takes Caleb some time to work out what is going on. He doesn't always make the best decisions and puts himself in danger but ultimately his actions pay off as all the pieces start to fall into place.

This is a well written thriller, with a lovely sense of place in the descriptions of the Australian bush and the lives of the small town inhabitants. I will be looking out for Caleb Zelic #3!

With thanks to Netgalley and Bonnier Publishing for a copy to read and review
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Reading Progress

July 31, 2017 – Started Reading
July 31, 2017 – Shelved
July 31, 2017 – Shelved as: australian-author
July 31, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
July 31, 2017 – Shelved as: netgalley
August 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 5, 2017 – Shelved as: thriller

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Marianne Great review, Carolyn, it really was a 5 star read, wasn't it!


Brenda Brilliant review Carolyn!!


marlin1 Just finished this one tonight too, very good and I agree that it's best to read in order. If only to realise how much Caleb hates/ignores his deafness.


message 4: by Carolyn (last edited Aug 06, 2017 03:29PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Carolyn Thanks Brenda and Marianne - certainly was a 5 star read!

It's interesting Marlin that Caleb thinks he copes well with his deafness, but actually in trying to ignore it and pass as 'normal' he does himself a disservice and puts people offside or ends up embarrassing them.


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