RIPPER - Shelley Burr
The second novel of unputdownable crime from Shelley Burr, following the internationally acclaimed and award-winning success of WAKE
'Startling, filmic and haunting' ALLIE REYNOLDS
'Shelley Burr proves herself a master of the modern Australian crime novel' ROSE CARLYLE
'Unveiling one richly layered character after another, RIPPER has plenty of tricks up its sleeve and crackles with tension throughout' JACK HEATH
'Gripping, surprising . . . fascinating . . . Ripe for devourers of Sarah Thornton, Jane Harper and Sarah Bailey' Books+Publishing
'Shelley Burr's legion of fans are sure to enjoy the twists and turns of this small-town Australia murder thriller' SALLY BOTHROYD
Gemma Guillory has lived in Rainier her entire life. She knows the tiny town's ins and outs like the back of her hand, the people like they are her family, their quirks as if they were her own.
She knows her once-charming town is now remembered for one reason, and one reason only. That three innocent people died. That the last stop on the Rainier Ripper's trail of death seventeen years ago was her innocuous little teashop. She knows that the consequences of catching the Ripper still haunt her police officer husband and their marriage to this day and that some of her neighbours are desperate - desperate enough to welcome a dark tourism company keen to cash in on Rainier's reputation as the murder town.
When the tour operator is killed by a Ripper copycat on Gemma's doorstep, the unease that has lurked quietly in the original killer's wake turns to foreboding, and she's drawn into the investigation. Unbeknownst to her, so is a prisoner named Lane Holland. Gemma knows her town. She knows her people. Doesn't she?