Our May Book of the Month is a thriller with a killer hook that will have you hanging until the very last page.
Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.
All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.
He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim. Heath is a serial killer.
As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55. Gabriel is the serial killer.
Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?
What our readers think…
In a remote West Australian town surrounded by harsh wilderness and terrain, two men present with identical stories. Only that each man, Gabriel and Heath, are accusing the other of being the serial killer who was going to make the other victim no 55. Sergeant Chandler Jenkins must determine who is telling the truth before there are more victims. A suspenseful, creepy thriller akin to Wolf Creek. – Sheridan, QBD Tweed Heads
For lovers of gritty crime thrillers James Delargy’s “55” is a superb addition to the growing number of crime novels based in Australia. “55” explores the complicated and intriguing dilemma faced by Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins whom gets thrown in the deep end after two men accuse each other of attempted murder. Come and find out who the real killer is, I bet you won’t be able to guess!! – Liam, QBD Carousel