Scrublands – Chris Hammer

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A small-town priest shoots dead five members of his congregation before committing suicide by cop. A journalist wants to know why.

This was a pretty full-on story, and I’m still not sure whether I enjoyed it or not. The writing was good, if not bordering on too literary for my tastes. The characters were well constructed, and the pace was suitable. The setting, a small rural town devastated by drought, was both believable and heart-breaking. Overall, though, the story felt too convoluted to me. I’m still trying to get it all straight in my head.


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