In the summer of 1989, a local teen goes missing from the idyllic Australian suburb of Camp Hill. As rumours of Satanic rituals swirl, schoolteacher Tom Witter becomes convinced he holds the key to the disappearance. When the police won’t listen, he takes matters into his own hands with the help of the missing girl’s father and a local neighbourhood watch group.
But as dark secrets are revealed and consequences to past actions are faced, Tom learns that the only way out of the darkness is to walk deeper into it. Wild Place peels back the layers of suburbia, exposing what’s hidden underneath – guilt, desperation, violence – and attempts to answer the question: Why do good people do bad things?
From the international bestseller Christian White, Wild Place is a white-knuckle descent into a street near you.
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‘White is a master of the art of misdirection … he writes like a dream. White is clearly a rising international star. Prepare to be dazzled.’ - The Age
‘A born storyteller, one who seems to instinctively understand the weave of a proper yarn.’ - The Saturday Paper
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Average rating from 50 members
In the summer of 1989, seventeen year old Tracie Reed goes missing from Camp Hill, a small Australian town. Having just finished high school, the police think she could have run away in search of brighter lights and a more exciting life, but her single mother who knows her daughter well, is adamant that she wouldn’t have done that and something more sinister has happened to her. Tom Witter, a high school teacher who taught Tracie in his English class, also has his doubts that Tracie has run away and starts to search for clues to her disappearance. This terrific suspense novel peels back the layers of Camp Hill one by one, to expose the ugly secrets hiding below the surface. The characters are all believable, ordinary people, not inherently evil, but capable of lies and deception. Their suspicions and fear of the unknown will lead some of them down a dark path where deterioration of their normally mild-mannered behaviour into brutality feels justified. I enjoyed all the popular culture references and news items that White has woven into his novel to enrich the 1980s vibe of the novel and give a strong sense of place for this small town in Victoria. The pace of the novel is perfect and makes for a totally compelling read and the end of the last chapter is a heart-stopper. <i>With thanks to Affirm Press and Netgalley for a copy to read</i>