by Jane Harper
This is an excellent mystery set on a ranch in the Outback of Australia. Three brothers own the family cattle ranch. One day two brothers find their middle sibling dead of dehydration miles from his car, which contains food, fluids, and emergency supplies. How could he have wandered away when he obviously knew the consequences? Amid the grief, suspicion starts to grow, and the elder brother wonders about the effect of the isolation and extreme elements on his family. The book is very atmospheric and suspenseful, and the characters are well drawn. I think this book is as good as Harper’s award-winning debut novel, The Dry.