Series: Aaron Falk Book 3
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
First Published: 2023
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Flatiron Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
A year ago, Aaron Falk traveled to the South Australian wine country to celebrate the christening of his godson, his friend sheriff Raco’s son. But the event was canceled when Raco’s sister-in-law vanished that weekend, leaving her baby asleep in the stroller. Now Falk has returned for the rescheduled christening, noticing cracks in this once well-knit group prompting the disclosure of long-kept secrets.
Although I loved the first Aaron Falk mystery, the second book in the series had almost nothing to do with Aaron Falk’s character. Not so with this third book. Aaron Falk is front and center as he gets caught up in the mystery and reexamines his own life. I will say, the beginning of Exiles was a struggle. I had a hard time getting into the setup and was often confused by the initial flashbacks. However, once I was into the mystery, I thought it was perfectly executed, slowly peeling away clues layer by layer.
At a busy festival site on a warm spring night, a baby lies alone in her stroller, her mother vanishing into the crowds.
A year on, Kim Gillespie’s absence casts a long shadow as her friends and loved ones gather deep in the heart of South Australian wine country to welcome a new addition to the family.
Joining the celebrations is federal investigator Aaron Falk. But as he soaks up life in the lush valley, he begins to suspect this tight-knit group may be more fractured than it seems. Between Falk’s closest friend, a missing mother, and a woman he’s drawn to, dark questions linger as long-ago truths begin to emerge.
About Jane Harper
Jane Harper is the bestselling author of The Dry, Force of Nature, Exiles, The Lost Man, and The Survivors. She was born in Manchester but grew up in Australia. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a journalist. She currently lives in Melbourne with her family. Visit the author’s website →