Skip to main content

More titles to consider

Loading...

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem
itemsitem

Ratings and Book Reviews ()

Overall rating

3.7 out of 5
5 Stars
5 reviews have 5 stars
4 Stars
11 reviews have 4 stars
3 Stars
3 reviews have 3 stars
2 Stars
4 reviews have 2 stars
1 Star
0 reviews have 1 stars

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Book Reviews

  • Hermit

    Start was great lots of suspense middle loses it and the end a joke left without an ending to

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1 person found this review helpful

    1 people found this review helpful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Disappointing

    Repetitious. Didn't go anywhere. Big lead up to nothing much at all.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    1 person found this review helpful

    1 people found this review helpful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amazing Thriller

    In an outback town in Australia, shop owner Lou Cassavette has been stabbed to death. The officers first on the scene believe the man that was found leaning over the body on their arrival is the killer, Nathan Whittler. Detective Dana Russo has been called in on her day off to handle the case and interview Nathan. They need him to confess to the murder before he asks for a lawyer and their short time to keep him is up. Trouble is Nathan is a hermit who went off the grid 15 years ago. He hasn’t touched his bank account in the last 15 years and according to him, he hasn’t spoken to anyone in all that time too. Dana needs to break down the walls Nathan has built around himself and to do that she needs to tread carefully and with calculated questions. But can she get him to open up to her before the time runs out? Is he really the killer or an innocent bystander and why has he been living in solitary for the last 15 years? Hermit opens with a harrowing scene, not of the killing of Lou Cassavette but with Dana Russo sat at the top of a cliff talking about how easy it would be to ‘fall’ from the top and not make it look like a suicide, her suicide. Her thoughts are interrupted by a phone call and being called into work on the one day a year she always has off. The book is quite a slow burn of a novel and whilst there are other characters in the story the main focus of the book is on Dana and Nathan. The two are quite similar in some ways. Both come across socially awkward and neither think they are good enough. Dana has impostor syndrome and feels like she isn’t as good at her job as she could be or as good others think she is. There was a trauma in her past that controls her life now. This slowly unravels as the book progresses. Nathan Whittler is at first a man of few words. He’s not used to being around people. He lives somewhere out in the surrounding area where no-one goes. He likes being alone and has had to adapt over the 15 years. His words when they come are thought out first to give as little away as possible whilst still answering Dana’s questions. The plot is certainly different as there is no forensics to work with, no witnesses, no CCTV, not even a murder weapon, or a valid reason for the killing. All they have is one man found at the scene. The book is very interview focused and intense. For Dana to get Nathan to open up slightly to her she has to do so by opening up slightly to him, making for an intriguing drip-fed novel which includes both of their pasts and presents. Overall, if you like slow-burn thrillers that are not about the murder but more about the person the police believe is the murderer – It is very character-driven. I certainly was held captivated by Dana and Nathan’s stories and couldn’t wait to find out what had happened in both their pasts to make them behave the way they did today – and of course to see if Nathan was guilty or not.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

  • Incredibly detailed....

    “Hermit” drew me in from the first chapter, in one huge literary swirl of intrigue, curiosity and atmospheric detail. Detective Dana Russo has just twelve hours to question a prime suspect in the bewildering death of a shopkeeper. However, the silent and introvert Nathan Whittler, who was found leaning over the body at the scene of the crime, vanished fifteen years ago and has lived his later life as a reclusive hermit. Why did he disappear? Just how dangerous is he and can Dana, during some intense and emotional interviews get Nathan to confess and open up as to where he’s been? Dana is already struggling with the ‘Day’, an anniversary of an event that causes her to confront the past. Will she make it through the day herself or will she succumb to the contemplations of suicide she has every year? Although this story runs at quiet a slow pace, almost feeling like you’re reading it in real-time, it was packed with precise atmospheric detail, character development and intense emotions. I liked Dana and her sensitivity towards Nathan, recognising his unique and subtle nuances so that she could communicate with him and gently coax him into opening up. Nathan himself was a constant enigma, who I was rooting for from his first introduction into the story. I found his actions and emotions to be a realistic example of someone escaping his demons and living a life in seclusion for fifteen years. The other supporting characters, who all were well defined and portrayed, made up an excellent cast, with Dana’s colleague Mike who was equally sympathetic, Lucy a hardworking and valuable administrative assistant and Bill, Dana’s senior officer who understands Dana and her current status of emotions. Although this is probably a much slower paced read than most crime readers like, I loved how it developed with the intense reactions from Nathan, being heart wrenching and emotive. The practicality’s of the crime were discussed sensibly between the detectives and made a lot of sense to the reader, trying to work out why Nathan came to be at the store and how the crime possibly happened. The story behind Dana wasn’t revealed until quite late on and I personally would have liked a little more insight into her issues throughout the book but it kept the intrigue and interest in her flowing and by the time most of her past was revealed, my empathy for her increased. As a new and potentially exciting voice in Australian crime fiction -if you’re a fan of Jane Harper or just enjoy reading crime novels set outside of the UK - this is a definite recommendation from me. It is unhurried but packed with detail and I hope to read more by S.R.White in the future. 4 stars

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

  • Riveting

    Twist and turn at every corner. Plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing to the end. Hard to put down although slightly slow to start. Will look forward to reading another S. R. White

    Thanks for your feedback!

    0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID
  • TABLETS