Review: The Bluffs by Kyle Perry


Title: The Bluffs

Author: Kyle Perry

Published: July 2nd 2020, Michael Joseph

Status: Read July 2020, courtesy PenguinRandomHouse Au


My Thoughts:


When a teacher is attacked and four teenage girls go missing in the dense wilderness of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers during a school excursion, the residents of Limestone Creek, angry and frightened, are quick to assign blame. Some suspect a local drug dealer is responsible, others speculate one of the girls has a guilty lover, while it suits the sister of a missing girl to reanimate the legend of ‘The Hungry Man’, a killer said to stalk the Tiers.

Unfolding largely from the perspectives of three characters, teacher Eliza Ellis, the father of a missing girl, Jordan Murphy, and the investigating detective, Con Badenhorst, the fast paced narrative builds tension and intrigue from the very first, hinting at deception, betrayal, corruption, and explosive secrets.

The insinuation of the supernatural plays perfectly against the contemporary elements, with recognisable inspiration drawn from Picnic at Hanging Rock, the legend of Slenderman, and the case of Michelle Carter, tied in with Aboriginal legend.

Perry effortlessly evokes a visceral response to the dense bushland of the bluffs in which the girls go missing, and the small town it shadows. The area’s erratic weather reflects the mood of the insular community, and the development of the investigation.

Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. A stunning debut from Kyle Perry, The Bluffs is an atmospheric, and compelling tale with twists and turns that will keep you wondering about the fate of the girls to the very last pages.



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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jade @ Scatterbooker
    Jul 16, 2020 @ 15:29:41

    Nice review, Shelly. It sounds like a great read!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 02:05:57

    I love the sound of this, I’m off to check it out!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 04:07:16

    I love the cover and this is the genre I want to read these days. Fabulous review! It looks like it’s not available here yet though

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Mystica
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 09:49:25

    Many stories with school trips turning tragic. This sounds a tense, atmospheric read. Thanks for the review.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Jennifer
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 11:16:19

    Great review. I am hoping to read this one soon.

    Liked by 1 person


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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:31:28

    You had me until supernatural. 🙂 This does sound like a really good premise (creepy woods, an attack, the disappearances, etc).



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