The River Mouth

Fifteen-year-old Darren Davies is found facedown in the Weymouth River with a gunshot wound to his chest. The killer is never found. Ten years later, his mother receives a visit from the local police: the body of Sandra’s best friend has been found in a dry riverbed near a remote Pilbara road and her DNA matches the DNA found under Darren’s fingernails.

When the investigation into her son’s murder is reopened, Sandra questions what she knew about her best friend. She discovers there are secrets in her small community, and that her murdered son had secrets too.

The River Mouth is more than just a slick thriller; it’s an exploration of the fallacy of the human mind, the impact of trauma, and how a whole community can be complicit in a devastating act, even if they don’t realise it. Set aside a good chunk of time to read this one, because once you’ve started you won’t want to stop. Jen Bowden, Westerly Magazine

Herbert hauls readers into a tale of swirling secrets and townsfolk with plenty to hide. Craig Sisterson, New Zealand Listener

Intricate and deftly handled puzzle of a plot. Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian.

Intelligent thriller rife with small-town intrigue, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Cheryl Akle, The Weekend Australian.

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