Sarah Barrie’s Deadman’s Track was my second of her books and I thought it better than Devil’s Lair. Again set in and around Hobart (Tasmania) Deadman’s Track and is rightly billed as a romantic thriller and combines a boyfriend who is not all that he claims to be, a pawn shop fence, and several murders.
Tess, a local guide, survives a tragic hiking accident, and is having difficulty getting back on the horse, so to speak. She claims to have felt two hands push her over a cliff. But who would do such a thing? She is almost certain it would not have been her boyfriend.
Not long after the accident Tess breaks up with her boyfriend who demonstrates a side hitherto unseen by Tess. He does not know the meaning of ‘No’.
However, because her ex, who is all but stalking her after they broke up, pulls out of a dangerous winter hike with a group of inexperienced young hikers she reluctantly takes over the job with disastrous results. Tess is unaware of Detective Senior Sergeant Jared Denham’s feelings towards her as he offers his help.