A returned criminal, a cult-like family and cybercrime all clash against the backdrop of the Flinders Ranges in this thrilling new rural suspense novel from the best-selling Voice of the Outback.
Emma Cameron, a recently divorced farmer and a local in Barker, runs Deception Creek, the farm that three generations of her family have owned before her. Every day Emma pushes herself hard on the land, hoping to make ten-year-old memories of a terrible car accident disappear. And now there are more recent nightmares of an ex-husband who refuses to understand how much the farm means to Emma. When Joel Hammond is released from jail and heads home to Barker, Detective Dave Burrows and his officer Senior Sergeant Jack Higgins are on high alert. Joel has a long and sorry history with many of the townsfolk and they are not keen to see him home to stay. Not all of the Barker locals want to see Joel run out of town, though. Some even harbour doubts about Joel's conviction. The town finds itself split down the middle, families pitted against each other with devastating outcomes.
PRAISE FOR THE SHEARER'S WIFE:
“A gripping, powerful story.” BLUE WOLF REVIEWS
“ANOTHER INTELLIGENT, POINGNANT, ENGAGING MYSTERY from this great writer of small town Australian novels. Detective Dave Burrows is my hero!” READING, WRITING AND RIESLING
“Nobody does rural fiction quite like Fleur McDonald.” WEEKLY TIMES