Australian novelist Tom Gilling may not be that well known outside of his native Australia, but if his latest book is any indication he surely should be. The surprisingly funny mystery/thriller Seven Mile Beach is far more interesting than any of the last few Grisham and Patterson tomes lining the book shelves.
In Seven Mile Beach, Gilling introduces Nick Carmody, a lowly tabloid reporter who decides to take on someone elseâ€™s identity after he is talked into lying about being behind the wheel of a distant friendâ€™s car on New Yearâ€™s Eve. After taking a payoff from the friendâ€™s rich father, Nick is hounded by cops and his own newspaper. Finding an apparently abandoned van, he ditches his car and his former life and takes on the identity of the vanâ€™s owner.
Coming in at just over 200 pages, Gilling uses the most of his time and space, filling the pages with original intrigue from the very beginning. His knack from writing compelling characters and use of dark humor in even the most suspenseful turns will remind readers of the greats like Stewart Oâ€™Nan. The book ends as quickly as it begins and is satisfying throughout. Hereâ€™s hoping the rest of the book buying public realizes there is more to life than Dan Brownâ€™s next Bible mystery.
Seven Mile Beach by Tim Gilling / Black Cat / 207 Pages / Paperback