My first read of 2019 is The Rip by Mark Brandi
I didn't read his first book Wimmera but it has been well reviewed as an excellent literary crime thriller.
It is now on my to read list.
The Rip is certainly a great read - It is a story of a young woman freefalling towards obliteration.
Set in Melbourne amidst a world of the homeless and the drug culture it is a powerful crime story.
A bit gritty but all presented in context, it is sparsely written and lays bare the power of drugs and how when colliding with love can lead to much destruction. Not a long or difficult read it is well written and will hold you to the last page.
Not as grim as sounds. Available from late February.
Suitable for all adult ages men and women. 4.5 stars.
Reviewed by David Hedley