- File Size: 1407 KB
- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publisher: Oak House Press (August 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074V4HTSL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lots of issues touched on, none that overpower the story to the point of preachiness but they do make you think; relationships between parent and child, friendship, loyalty, small town gossip and the impact of the media, to name a few.
Nikki captured the real feel of a small, in-decline coastal community in New Zealand. The characters felt like people you've met at some point in your life. This sense of reality makes the reader immerse in the community and leads one into trying to second guess the actions and motives of the cast of players.
Even if you guess correctly who has actually done the deed, it's still fascinating to follow the plot to its final conclusion. Nikki Crutchley may well have converted me to this genre of fiction!
Nothing Bad Happens Here would be in the top 3 thrillers/murder mysteries I've read this year.
Nikki painted a setting like none I've encountered in a novel before. A small seaside town in the backdrops of New Zealand. And as I am a New Zealander I was drawn in straight away by the detail in which Castle Bay was described.
The character balance of the story was perfect. Each and every chatacter was memorable and fitted so naturally into the setting. I was particularly fond of Miller. I felt her pain and struggle with her own demons while trying to deal with a terrible ordeal in Castle Bay.
Kahu was a fantastic character. The real "understanding" cop that every small town needs.
The pacing was fast and full of twists and turns that i just couldn't see ahead of time. And as I tried to figure out who the killer was, i just couldn't put my finger on it until the moment Nikki wanted us to know.
Top marks for a fantastic read that I just couldn't put down everytime I found a couple of spare hours to read it.
A must read!
A young tourist disappears from Castle Bay, a small tourist town on the east coast of North Island of New Zealand. When her mangled and mauled body is discovered, news crews and journalists descend on the town. Among them is Miller Hatcher, a young magazine writer battling alcoholism, who is sent there by her editor with the promise of a huge splash in the magazine if she can assemble a strong story for the next month’s edition.
Leading the investigation in Castle Bay is Sgt. Kahu Parata, a Maori and twenty-year member of the local constabulary, at least Detective Nicholson and a team of four arrive. Nicholson pushes Parata aside, leaving him to the day to day running of the station and the odious task of informing the victim’s parents. But Nicholson doesn’t know the town like Parata does. Castle Bay has some dark and well concealed history, but everyone believes nothing bad ever happens there.
Miller finds the only housing available at a wellness retreat a few minutes out of town. It is recommended to her by the wife of the head of the Town Council who herself is going there for a few days’ respite. The wellness center is populated by a small group of women experiencing a variety of crises and has a threatening caretaker who has found needed isolation there after losing his family. A visitor at the wellness center disappeared from there many years previously, but she was never found, and the town’s residents still believes Castle Bay is safe and welcoming.
There are several threads to this mystery, which the author unravels deliberately and with excruciating tension, before wrapping them together tidily in a completely unexpected ending. There are also a couple of ‘gotcha’ moments that gave me a chill. The pacing of the story is excellent and keeps you turning pages (or swiping your Kindle, as the case may be). But the best part of the book are the characters, whom Ms. Crutchley details in such precision that you can easily see them in your mind’s eye. What I particularly liked was that each of them had flaws – their imperfections made them three dimensional and human.
Of the two characters from whose point of view them mystery is seen, I found myself liking Parada, who while caring for a gentle wife with an undisclosed but serious illness, mourns the fact they’ve been unable to have children. Miller is less likeable – her need for alcohol interferes with her investigative journalism and causes her to pull her hairs out one by one in disgusting detail. Nevertheless, she is largely fearless and determined to follow events wherever they lead, even when one of the women at the wellness center subsequently disappears.
The town itself – in an exotic locale for those of us not from that part of the world – becomes a character, full of interesting detail, and darkly looming, surrounded by jungle. As Miller investigates the trails leading into the jungle, the black cloud of evil that seems ever-present for most of the book is cloying, palpable, and ominous.
This is a satisfying read and I recommend it – a great first book for this author.
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