The title refers to three cast-iron figures, placed on a spur of rock as a memorial to a long-ago shipwreck. But it is also a reminder of a more recent tragedy, when two young men died during an attempt to rescue a boy trapped in caves during a storm. The boy survived, but one of the dead men was his elder brother, leaving him with a burden of guilt. Now living in Sydney, he has returned to help his mother to deal with his father’s dementia, and his reappearance opens old wounds in the town. It is the kind of set-up that Harper handles expertly, even if it feels more conventional than her previous novels.
She's been named 'Queen of outback noir', and the Australian crime author's third novel is full of those secrets within small communities that she writes so well. Set in a coastal town in Tasmania, this tale is full of atmosphere and intrigue. Kieran and his family return to their family home when a drowning brings back memoiries of a fateful night years ago.