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In Hayley Scrivenor's Dirt Creek, a small-town debut mystery described as The Dry meets Everything I Never Told You, a girl goes missing and a community falls apart and comes together.

When 12-year-old Esther disappears on the way home from school in a small town in rural Australia, the community is thrown into a maelstrom of suspicion and grief. As Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels arrives in town during the hottest spring in decades and begins her investigation, Esther’s tenacious best friend, Ronnie, is determined to find Esther and bring her home.

When schoolfriend Lewis tells Ronnie that he saw Esther with a strange man at the creek the afternoon she went missing, Ronnie feels she is one step closer to finding her. But why is Lewis refusing to speak to the police? And who else is lying about how much they know about what has happened to Esther?

Punctuated by a Greek chorus, which gives voice to the remaining children of the small dying town, this novel explores the ties that bind, what we try and leave behind us, and what we can never outrun, while never losing sight of the question of what happened to Esther, and what her loss does to a whole town.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2022 Hayley Scrivenor (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Now that's what I call a debut

Wow. Just... wow. I've been making my way through the debut works in the past month and after a quite disappointing one, Dirt Creek made me feel eager to read all over again. Just as the title says: Scrivenor definitely made their mark and promise of greatness with this book. Characterization was through the roof. Just about a few chapters in and I was emotionally tethered already. With it being a mystery novel, the information reveal was inspired tbh. Made my mind race while at the same time throwing me off (in a *very* good way) at my every guess. Yes, there is a very good twist here. I call it good because Scrivenor had been sowing the details to support it since the very beginning. It definitely gave me that pleasurable 'ohhHhhhhhH' moment. Loughran's narration was absolutely stunning, as well. They did the voices pretty well, and was a definite factor in making me love/hate characters here and there. The modern appropriation of the Greek Chorus is a very nice touch, too. Not too loyal to the classical use for it, but not too liberal with it either. To end: Yes, spend your credit/money on this. The 10 hrs would literally fly by.

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Amazing narrator!

I enjoyed the narration so much. She did an amazing job with the different voices. I will look for more of her work!

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story was great but..

I could have lived without the LGBTQ push. It seemed a bit forced and added nothing to the plot.

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