Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Hermit by S. R. White as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Emily at Headline for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
After a puzzling death in the wild bushlands of Australia, detective Dana Russo has just hours to interrogate the prime suspect – a silent, inscrutable man found at the scene of the crime, who disappeared without trace 15 years earlier.
But where has he been? Why won’t he talk? And exactly how dangerous is her? Without conclusive evidence to prove his guilt, Dana faces a desperate race against time to persuade him to speak. But as each interview spirals with fevered intensity, Dana must reckon with her own traumatic past to reveal the shocking truth…
Hermit intrigued me right from the very beginning. I do love a mystery and I have to say the one at the heart of this book is very interesting. Nathan mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago without a trace. When out of the blue all these years later he turns up and not just anywhere but at a crime scene. We also meet Dana, a detective who on her much needed day off for personal reasons is called in to work the case. Right from the start the reader knows that this is a dark day for Dana but not the reasons why.
Initially one of the main things that made me want to read this book was the fact that it was set in Australia. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for books set there. However the main parts of this story took place in an interview room with the occasional mentions of the outside world as their investigation moves forward. This small, confined environment gives quite an intense feel especially the more you see Dana and Nathan interact. The parts set in this one room hold secrets not only from the events involving Nathan but also deliver hints about Dana’s past. I have to say that Dana’s story was woven into the plot in an interesting way and I was definitely eager to see how it would all play out. I thought that all of the characters brought something to the story from Dana with her quiet strength and vulnerability. Nathan with his secrets and hidden past. To the people Dana worked with and their interactions with each other. I especially enjoyed how invested they were in discovering the truth. It’s safe to say that this book took me on quite a journey. One that was carefully and cleverly laid out. It was easy to be pulled in especially as I got to know the characters better. The story itself unravelled at a steady pace providing a slow burn feel that actually worked really well.
Hermit has a strong plot and intriguing characters. The type of story that delivers the truth in stages ready for the last puzzle piece to be placed so that the truth can finally be revealed!