“We’re country women, we just get on and keep going. No one else is going to do it for us.”
– Fleur McDonald, Sapphire Hills
Fiona Forrest is devastated when her husband Charlie commits suicide after the accidental shooting of his mate Eddie. Though Fiona decides to keep farming their successful property, rumours that she intends to sell keep circulating.
When Detective Dave Burrows arrives to sign off on the investigation into Eddie’s death, his suspicions are aroused by some strange anomalies at the scene. As Dave becomes increasingly convinced that something sinister is going on, Fiona finds herself dealing with a series of disasters on the farm . . .
By the bestselling author of Crimson Dawn, this suspenseful novel about a woman fighting to preserve her husband’s dream, and a detective determined to uncover the truth will keep you guessing till the very last page.
Welcome to the final stop of the Sapphire Falls Blog Tour! I have just finished Sapphire Falls by Fleur McDonald and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you!
Until today, I was unaware there were so many nuances to the rural fiction genre. Despite working for a publisher who publishes rural fiction, I didn’t realise there were so many sub-genres: contemporary/ romance, historical and suspense/ mystery. This is the first of its kind I have read and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed it!
After the death of her husband, Fiona Forrest is trying to keep the remaining pieces of her life together. Although she decides to keep their property, Fiona finds herself at the centre of small-town rumours suggesting otherwise. Old memories and feelings are stirred up when the local police re-investigate the shooting of Eddie and her husband’s suicide. The more they look into the cases, the more inconsistencies and unanswered questions they find. Is there something more sinister going on?
Since finishing this book, I now have a greater understanding of why readers are loving rural fiction so much! McDonald has previously mentioned that she truly believes in empowering women; agriculture is generally a male-dominated industry and I like that rural fiction is giving these women a voice. It shows off their strengths, from the nature of their character to the support systems they build through family and friends. Although I didn’t know it at the time of reading, McDonald is known for returning older characters in new stories and although each of her books is its own story, it adds an element of comfort for the reader when starting the new book. I may not have read one of McDonald’s books before but I slipped into the story with ease. Her writing is simple and clear, and the story – for the most part – is engaging and well-paced. There were a few parts I didn’t think were needed but overall, it was an enjoyable read. One thing I did like was the way McDonald mixes old and new together. Fiona uses Facebook Messenger to communicate with her brother in New York and this helps to keep the story contemporary yet she grounds her characters with touches of history (with the aga stove and old kettle). It is these details, and McDonald’s beautiful landscape descriptions that make Sapphire Falls a great read!
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Thank you to Allen and Unwin for sending me a reading copy in exchange for an honest review!