Sarah Avery’s reckless behavior has cost her a job, her
boyfriend, and the independence she desperately craves. Reluctantly home for
the holidays in the Bay of Fires, a tiny seaside town on the Tasmanian coast,
she hopes for a calm, quiet visit, with time to reflect on all that’s gone
wrong. Those hopes are crushed when, early one morning, she discovers the body
of a young female backpacker washed up on the shore.
A year earlier, another woman went missing and hasn’t been
seen since. Now everyone wonders: is there a killer in the brush? Or were these
women victims of Tasmania itself? The island is a place of savage beauty:
pristine sand beneath lichen-covered granite boulders; heaving shadowy kelp
fields; sweeping cold currents; crackling bush beyond the seashore. It’s also a
landscape as flawed, vulnerable, and vengeful as any human. Once its fragile
peace is shattered, the locals’ anxiety fuels a string of speculations about
happened to the women—and who might be the next victim.
When journalist Hall Flynn arrives to investigate, haunted
by recent failures and yearning for a fresh start, he’s determined to do
whatever it takes to break the story, and Sarah is his best source of local
information. But Sarah— like everyone else in this close-knit town—has secrets
she’s desperate to keep hidden. And one of those secrets leads straight to a
Haunting, evocative, and wildly atmospheric, Bay of Fires is a startling and wholly
original debut. Download and start listening now!