Dark Horse

Honey Brown

Dark Horse
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Dark Horse

Honey Brown

Brown is the best writer of psychological suspense in Australia. Nothing is quite what the reader expects as Brown deftly steers her narrative to conclusion. One of those books that has to be read again to see how she does it.‘ Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age It’s Christmas morning on the edge of the rugged Mortimer Ranges. Sarah Barnard saddles Tansy, her black mare. She is heading for the bush, escaping the reality of her broken marriage and her bankrupted trail-riding business. Sarah seeks solace in the ranges. When a flash flood traps her on Devil Mountain, she heads to higher ground, taking shelter in Hangman’s Hut. She settles in to wait out Christmas. A man, a lone bushwalker, arrives. Heath is charming, capable, handsome. But his story doesn’t ring true. Why is he deep in the wilderness without any gear? Where is his vehicle? What’s driving his resistance towards rescue? The closer they become the more her suspicions grow. But to get off Devil Mountain alive, Sarah must engage in this secretive stranger’s dangerous game of intimacy. 'A ripper. Brown keeps the pages turning and the pulse racing with a masterful, sexy and chilling plot.’ Weekend West Australian ‘Honey Brown does an excellent job of this taut and atmospheric thriller, successfully adding a darkly sexy tone. The characters are well drawn and charismatic, and the twists are great.'Bookseller+Publisher 'The pace is compelling, the tension superb and the plot veers into a breathtaking twist. A finely crafted, stunning psychological thriller that I can’t recommend strongly enough.’ Book’d Out

Review

Don’t be led astray by her sweet name – Honey Brown can write a mean psychological thriller. Last year, I adored her highly original After the Darkness, and this year Dark Horse has come along to keep you unnerved for some three hundred pages.

It’s Christmas Day and Sarah Barnard is frustrated with the world. Instead of going to see her disapproving parents, she takes to the Tasmanian mountainside with the one she trusts most: her damaged black mare, Tansy. But, on the ascent, catastrophic weather floods the mountain, endangering her life and trapping her. She seeks shelter and, as the day passes, realises she is not alone.

A young man, Heath, is there too – attractive, evasive and disconcerting. It is not entirely clear why he is on the mountain or how he got there or whether anything he says is true. What is clear is that he is hiding something from Sarah, but is it just his real name, or something much more sinister?

The nature of their relationship, and the ground beneath them, is constantly changing. You’ll second-guess yourself throughout while reading this, and probably never go camping again.


Fiona Hardy sells books puts together Dead Write for the Readings Monthly and blogs haphazardly about movies and books (and sometimes music).

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