Title: Cold Skin
Author: Steven Herrick
In a rural Australian coal mining town shortly after World War II, teenaged Eddie makes a startling discovery when he investigates the murder of a local high school girl.
First love, sexual awakening, murder, cowardice, vengeance and forgiveness … these are the powerful ingredients for Steven Herrik’s gutsiest book yet.
“Cowards don’t always hide. Sometimes they’re so gutless they need to stand out.”
Eddie doesn’t want to be in school, he wants to work in the mine. But his dad won’t go down the coal pits and he won’t let his sons go either.
Nothing much happens in Burruga, except for fights at the pub. Then one Friday night a girl is found dead by the river, and every man in the town comes under suspicion. Eddie is drawn into secrets and a bitter struggle for revenge.
Herrick deftly reveals a cast of vivid characters in this chilling story of mailce, power, and the courage to forgive.