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Aaron is an intuitive detective who susses out clues that other people miss, and he eventually solves all the mysteries.

During last year's Food and Wine Festival, a woman named Kim Gillespie disappeared, leaving her baby daughter Zoe alone in her stroller. Exiles, Jane Harper ( paperback Sept 23) €12,95 A mother disappears from a busy festival on a warm spring night. While visiting a friend to attend a christening, AFP Officer Aaron Falk finds himself caught up in the case of a woman who went missing a year ago during a town festival and in an unsolved murder from years ago.There are a lot of characters to keep track of and given how interrelated they are, I sometimes struggled to keep everything straight (especially since the story also goes back and forth between several time periods and there are multiple POVs. I found this book slow, bogged down heavily with content that would've been more at home in women's fiction, small-town romances, or a family drama. Marralee Valley, a fictitious small South Australian town in the heart of wine country, is as vivid, detailed and real as I’ve come to expect from Jane Harper, but lacked the harsh climate element this time around.

Each of the characters have enough of a background, and have some sort of relationship to each other, to make you consider all sorts of motives. While Falk investigates this mystery, he has a new romance brewing on the sidelines and big decisions that could affect his career and overall life. L’indagine – e quindi la risoluzione del caso - avanza con lentezza – nonostante le sue storie si svolgano in archi temporali stretti, di solito pochi giorni, qualche settimana – e avanza attenta a dettagli e particolari. The pram was parked alongside a few dozen others in the Marralee Valley Annual Food and Wine Festival's designated pram bay, fighting for space in the shadow of the ferris wheel with a tangle of bikes and scooters and a lone tricycle.This close-knit family is still struggling with her disappearance and how out of character it was for Kim to leave her baby that night. Why would Kim, a devoted mother and wife, leave her 6-week-old baby in a pram at a crowded festival and disappear without a trace? As he looks into Kim’s case, long-held secrets and resentments begin to come to the fore, secrets that show that her community is not as close as it appears. Overall, while I did like Jane Harper’s Exiles, I wasn’t completely bowled over by it as other readers have been. The story really dragged at times, very different to the previous two Aaron Falk stories, and he was involved more this time in a different way.

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