The Torrent (Detective Kate Miles #1) by Dinuka McKenzie

Published: 2022 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Harper Collins 3. Flood [Public Domain] via Nara Get Archive 4. Man [Public Doamin] via Pxhere 5. Woman. Image by Daniel Spase [Public Domain] via Pxhere

Kate Miles is a heavily-pregnant detective in the fictional town of Essington in the Tweed Valley region of New South Wales. Just before she goes on leave, a violent holdup at a local fast food store is reported. She is also asked to investigate the closed case of a man drowned in recent floods. Both cases become complicated, and Kate finds herself and her unborn baby in danger.

This is a great read, with a plot that is just complicated enough to hold the reader’s attention, and a main character that is believable and likeable. The story moves along smoothly, as the tension builds towards the climax. Better Reading comments: “(the author) weaves an impeccably plotted tale, with pitch-perfect prose, making intelligent choices, with unusual characters, leading the reader through a series of unpredictable turns to an explosive end.” Artshub makes a comment about her writing that is “crisp, clean, and straightforward”, and that “the details of daily life which make it all the more believable, and attractive.”

Quotes:


“Dawn scratched the sky, pink-and-orange hues smudging into grey as Detective Sergeant Kathryn Aneesha Miles – Kate to everyone who knoew her – pulled into the carpark off Tweed Valley Way.”

“‘We have a problem Sarge. Josephine Allen’s father. Roman Allen, as in Councillor Allen. He’s at the hospital now and wants to see the detective in charge.’ A pebble of memory dislodged and settled like an unwelcome guest. An added complication that would need careful handling.”


Awards: Winner of the Harper Collins Banjo Prize 2022


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