Torched by Kimberley Starr
If my son killed anyone, I’d know. I know him.
A small Yarra Valley town has been devastated by a bushfire, and Reefton Primary School principal Phoebe Warton can’t sleep. She’s the single mother of eighteen-year-old Caleb who is accused of starting the fire o on purpose. Twelve people are dead, students from her school among them; only a monster would cause such carnage. But where was her son was that day? No one knows but Caleb, and he’s not talking.
Against mounting community rage, Phoebe sets out to clear her son. But every avenue leads back to Caleb. Why did he vanish from his Country Fire Authority shift? Who else was at the abandoned goldmine that day? Why is Caleb refusing to speak?
Phoebe will be forced to confront the nature of guilt and redemption, and decide what boundaries she is willing to cross to save the son she loves.
Torched is an explosive, haunting and compelling crime novel about mothers and sons and the ties that bind them.
“Kimberley Starr draws on potent forces o bushfire, guilt, maternal love o to tell this story with a sharp eye, deep compassion and mythic intensity.” Debra Oswald