I love a good Aussie crime story and Hermit definitely fit the bill. It was a slower paced book than I am used to, and it did take a while for me to become engrossed in the plot. It was very character driven, and the 2 main characters where fascinating in different ways. I hope that there will be another book with Detective Dana Russo where we can delve into he past more.
A local shop owner has been murdered in his store, and the suspect is found standing over him when police arrive. Open and shut case no? Not when the suspect has not been seen or spoken to for 15 years. It turns out that Nathan Whittler has been living off grid all that rime. But where? And how did he survive all that time? Dana builds up a trust with him as she extracts the story him. It is a tough day for her as well as it is the anniversary of a past traumatic event for her. Will she get through the day?
Told over a 12 hour period, a The Hermit is a book that you need to take your time with. It makes you think about how we live, what we really need and who is important in our lives.