Tony Cavanaugh’s DEAD GIRL SING

Dead Girl Sing

I was mightily impressed with Tony Cavanaugh’s PROMISE and it narrowing missed by Top 10 books of the year. Second novels can be a bit tricky and after the accolades heaped on PROMISE I’m sure the pressure was on to deliver, which Tony Cavanaugh does it spades.

Consequently he ruins another major tourist spot in Queensland. PROMISE showed how the Sunshine Coast and Noosa could be the perfect playground for a serial killer. This time we move south to the Gold Coast and Schoolies Week. Already known for its sins and sinners Cavanaugh shows just how dark it can get.

Darian Richards reluctantly returns. When his phone rings he knows who it is before he answers it. He knows he can’t ignore the call. He already saved this girl from one killer and if she is in trouble again he will do absolutely everything to help her. But when he arrives on the Gold Coast he finds the bodies of two girls and the person he has gone to help has vanished.

I literally tore through this book. It is utterly relentless. Cavanaugh again trawls through the dark recesses of humanity and you can’t look away. If there was any doubt that a new talent in the crime genre had arrived then this reaffirms all the deserved praise. Cavanaugh isn’t emulating any established international crime writers, he is joining them in his own unique right and I already can’t wait to read more books starring Darian Richards.

ISBN: 9780733627880
ISBN-10: 0733627889
Classification: Crime & mystery
Format: Paperback (230mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Hachette Australia
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2013
Country of Publication: Australia

3 thoughts on “Tony Cavanaugh’s DEAD GIRL SING

  1. Is this seriously the first novel set during Schoolies? I know there is the play “Blurred” but I was wondering when someone was going to tap that rich narrative environment in a novel.

  2. Hi Jon, while I thought Dead Girl Sing had merit, and the setting was a real strength, I wasn’t taken with this book. While Darian Richards works well as a character, the author’s use of first-person narrative from other characters’ points of view did not ring true for me, especially in the case of the twenty-something Brazilian born Starlight, who talks like a man!

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