The Reach

B. Michael Radburn

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Published: 02/02/2021
ISBN: 9781925700510
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 384
RRP: $29.99

The Reach

B. Michael Radburn

An isolated town with a dark past …

In secluded Devlins Reach, on the shores of the Hawkesbury River, three bodies are unearthed in an excavation site. When a wilderness expert, Park Ranger Taylor Bridges, is called in to assist local police, he soon discovers the town has an unsettling history – one to match Taylor’s own haunted past.

But the quiet location and picturesque beauty of The Reach are hiding something darker than Taylor could have anticipated. Within the town’s tight-knit community of loggers, store owners and tight-lipped locals, someone is targeting the residents one by one.

As a torrential storm surges ever closer, and the river swells at the levee walls, The Reach goes into lockdown. With no way in or out, Taylor finds himself in a race against the power of nature to find a desperate killer before the whole town goes under.

‘A taut and twisting Australian rural thriller with empathetic characters, vividly drawn locations and edge-of-your-seat tension.’
– L. J. M. Owen, author of The Great Divide



B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn

B. Michael Radburn - Author of The Taylor Bridges Series and Blackwater Moon.

Radburn is a self-professed bloke from the “wrong side of the tracks”, whose fall into writing offered an escape from the fatal attraction of drugs and alcohol. Wonderful high school teachers made him realise that writing, when shared, offered faith in one’s self.

Writing from his farm in the hauntingly beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW, his work reflects both natural and supernatural environs. Described as “Ian Rankin meets Stephen King”, Radburn is the author of three full-length novels: The CrossingBlackwater Moon and The Falls.

Radburn loves his family, jamming out the blues and his motorcycle! He also loves giving back and inspiring others from all walk of life – his Harley Davidson chapter (Sydney HOG) works with Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets program.

Radburn uses these opportunities to talk to youth living rough in Sydney – offering reading and writing as “therapy” and sharing his own teenage experiences.


Photo credit: Macey Radburn

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‘From the second the bodies are discovered, Radburn propels the reader forward through a fast-paced and tightly plotted storyline that kept me guessing from start to finish.’

‘an excellent series … Radburn’s women characters are individualised, and a convincing sense of men en masse is conveyed as the restive timber-workers congregate in the pub. Taylor is a man of integrity, courage and family feeling, someone readers can trust. I look forward to his next secondment.’

‘Radburn is a master storyteller who peels back the layers of the town with deliberate patience.’

‘Radburn propels the reader forward through a fast-paced and compactly plotted storyline that keeps you guessing.’