!! potential spoilers below. read at your own risk !!
by Anna Willett
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: 29 October 2016
A small hiking group in the wilderness – with bloody revenge for company.
Milly has barely spoken to her sister Judith in years. They hardly exchanged a word at their mother’s funeral. They could not be further apart.
So when Milly gets an invitation to go on a hiking trip, she hopes it will be an opportunity for reconciliation. Inviting her school-friend Harper along with her for support, the small party head off together into the bush.
What awaits Milly is far from just a bracing hike in the wilderness, but an unexpected encounter with the past. The form it takes is revenge. But who is enacting it against Milly, and why?
Intense, gripping, and full of suspense.
Whilst the action in this book comes thick and fast, it is the relationship between the sisters and their mutual friend, Harper, that introduces the true darkness into the story.
If you enjoy nail-biting suspense fiction with great twists, RETRIBUTION RIDGE is for you.
This book is set in the rugged landscape below Perth in South Western Australia, an area the author has explored in depth. You may also enjoy her first thriller, BACKWOODS RIPPER.
Retribution Ridge was a rather quick, dark and thrilling read.
Millie and Judith are sisters, but an incident that took place ten years ago drove a wedge into their relationship. Not long later, Millie left Perth and moved to Sydney. When Millie receives an invitation from Judith to go on a hiking trip, she accepts it, hoping that she’ll be able to reconcile with her sister. Together with her best friend Harper and their tour guide Lucas, the group of four headed into the Australian wilderness. But everything quickly turns awry and the past finally catches up to Millie in the form of a revenge plot.
While the backstory for this revenge plot may not be anything spectacular, the use of time jumps really maintains the suspense of the story as what happened before the time jumps is unknown to us. There’s also a lot of chase scenes, not unlike a predator chasing its prey, with some heart-to-heart talk scenes between the two sisters slotted in.
I didn’t really like Millie as I thought she was too bossy and freaked out really easily, but I guess I should spare her break. She did break her ribs, sprain her wrist and never expected a simple hiking trip to take such an unexpected turn of events. However, under all the conflicts and arguments, she still loved and cared for her sister. This relationship of theirs played a very important role in some of the decisions both of them made and it made the ending even more bittersweet.
There’s a lot of description with regards to the surroundings, helping bring the Australian landscape to life with the various types of wildlife found there, such as the kookaburras and gum trees*. However, when it comes to descriptions of the characters themselves, I felt that it was lacking. We know what colour the hair of the characters is and sometimes, their eyes, but what about their other features? What style is their hair in? What is their body structure like?
*I can’t seem to get that song out of my head though…
I like that two whole chapters were dedicated to the ending but it didn’t really give me the full closure I wanted. It showed what happened to all the characters after the main events in Retribution Ridge but I would like to have some confirmation from an authority figure regarding Milly’s fate. I’m still having a hard time believing that it actually happened to her (what ‘it’ is I shall not say for spoilery reasons).
Backwoods Ripper is the first novel by Australian author Anna Willett. Raised in Western Australia, Anna developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna enjoys writing thrillers with strong female characters. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband and children.
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