ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Dirt Creek by Haley Scrivener


Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  YA Fantasty
Narrators: Chloe Cannon/Emma Galvin

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
9 hours 51 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


When twelve-year-old Esther disappears on the way home from school in a small town in rural Australia, the community is thrown into a maelstrom of suspicion and grief. As Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels arrives in town during the hottest spring in decades and begins her investigation, Esther’s tenacious best friend, Ronnie, is determined to find Esther and bring her home.

When schoolfriend Lewis tells Ronnie that he saw Esther with a strange man at the creek the afternoon she went missing, Ronnie feels she is one step closer to finding her. But why is Lewis refusing to speak to the police? And who else is lying about how much they know about what has happened to Esther?

Punctuated by a Greek chorus, which gives voice to the remaining children of the small, dying town, this novel explores the ties that bind, what we try and leave behind us, and what we can never outrun, while never losing sight of the question of what happened to Esther, and what her loss does to a whole town.


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This is a devastating book about the loss of a child through the eyes of many of the people involved.  Rape, drugs, and physical violence all reside side by side in this small dying town during a blistering hot summer. 

When Esther goes missing the main suspect is always someone in the family, and while she doesn't want to believe it Esthers mother doesn't think she can trust her husband anymore.  She has learned things about his past that change her image of him.  All the men in this book have secrets and are not good people with maybe one exception although even he got pulled into a dangerous game. 

Esthers best friend Ronnie thinks she can find her, Lewis her other friend was the last to see her but is scared to say anything because of what he was doing when he saw her. 

Rarely do you get to see the effects of someone's death on a whole town but this book brings it all together.  The devastating impact of a senseless act. Two children left reeling from their missing friend, families ripped apart, and other children left without parents. This book is the butterfly effect as you see one person after the other fall from Esthers death. 

Well written with story lines I didn't see coming. This was a difficult listen but also a really good one. The narrator was really great and her Australian accent kept me in the country where I could feel the sweltering heat of the desert, the dry dirt on my skin, and a town with little hope. 

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