The Rip

The Rip

'It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.'

A young woman, living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.

Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along.

He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can't stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.

But the flat smells weird.
There's a lock on Steve's bedroom door.
And the guy is intense.

The problem is, sometimes you just don't know you are in too deep, until you are drowning.

Title:The Rip
Edition Language:English

    The Rip Reviews

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *‘I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.’The Rip is a book that almost seems like it ...

  • Cass Moriarty

    Mark Brandi’s debut Wimmera was one of my favourite crime novels of 2017, and while Brandi’s new book The Rip (Hachette Australia Books 2019) in many ways (particularly setting) couldn’t be more...

  • Ruth

    I have strong opposing feelings about this book.I loved the writing style. It is both meandering and plot driven at the same time, something that I imagine is incredibly hard to do and which Mark Bran...

  • Theresa Smith

    ‘People can surprise you sometimes, but not usually. Most of the time, people act exactly as you’d expect.’Having not read Wimmera, I had no preconceived notions of what to expect from Mark Bran...

  • Antoinette

    I can not recommend this taut, devastating, entirely gripping book enough. Dani is a teenager living on the streets with her friend Anton and her dog Sunny. They meet up with Steve an old acquaintance...

  • Kate Brett

    Not sure how I feel about the many unanswered questions at the end......

  • Roy

    I read this in a sitting. Its very short but packs a punch with its dark themes. Its definitely a character study on addiction, homelessness but also friendship. I just didnt feel like the plot was al...

  • Laura Wells

    The characters were well rounded and I loved the relationship between the main character and her dog. I liked the insight into homelessness in Melbourne. It felt unfinished to me. Just when it could...

  • Mark

    Mark Brandi is shaping up to be a fantastic Australian author. I was first introduced to him in his book, Wimmera, an authentic crime drama set in an Australian rural town. The rip is his second novel...

  • Louise

    This is a definite ‘page-turner’ with a surprisingly philosophical bent to it courtesy of the novel’s protagonist Dani. Against all odds, she remains candid, loyal, resilient and remarkably opti...