HERMIT by S R White #bookreview #newrelease

  • Publication Date September 17th 2020
  • Hardback and ebook

So intrigued by the synopsis of this book I was delighted to receive a proof copy for review. Thanks so much to Louise Swanell at Headline Books for the gorgeous copy.



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 he? 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 . . .

Compulsive, atmospheric and stunningly accomplished, HERMIT introduces a thrilling new voice in Australian crime fiction, perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer.


Detective Dana Russo is having a day off. A day she takes every year, to mark an anniversary of something from her past. Dark and troubling but as yet unknown to the reader. She is called in by her boss to take a look at a possible murder case.

Nathan Whittler has been found standing over the body of stabbed shop owner, Lou Cassauette. With no murder weapon but blood on his hands, Nathan is a bit of a puzzle. Oh yes, one other thing, Nathan disappeared 15 years ago…….

I was immediately grabbed by the synopsis of this book and was very lucky to receive a proof copy to read. I have come to enjoy thrillers set in Australia, Jane Harper, Chris Hammer etc so was therefore very keen to read this new author.

Although set in Australia, we don’t unfortunately get a sense of the Australian landscape or climate that we do, say in a Jane Harper novel, as it is set mostly inside the police station, but what this book definitely has is a sense of small town Australia and along with the very intriguing police procedural story line, is a very well written character study of the people in the story.

A slow burner of a novel but as the investigation of the death of Lou grows, layer by layer, an enjoyable read. I liked the way Dana manages to get each peice of information out of Nathan, giving the investigation team leads to go on until a picture slowly starts to form. Not only of the crime but of Nathan and also Dana herself.

With a good solid and twisty ending a new author I would like to read again, and with the past of Dana not quiet being answered fully, it would be great to read more books featuring her and her team.

Hermit is published today!

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