The Rip

The Rip


, australian-novels, arc, c-own, 2019, own, Fiction, Mystery

'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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jay Dwight

    A hypnotic read. A character driven novel, with homelessness and drug abuse underpinning the life of our narrator. Complex characters who feel very real, this is a dark tale. Despite the bleakness of ...

  • Theresa Smith Writes

    ‘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...

  • 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...

  • Melissa Morris

    I did enjoy this book, although I thought it was a little slow to start. I did, however, consider the fact that maybe that is how life is when you live on the street and you're a drug user. Overall, I...

  • Pam Tickner

    3 1/2 stars. The subject matter of the book, homelessness, drug abuse, ways to fund a drug habit, were all pretty uncomfortable reading. A well crafted, character driven story, that presents a snapsho...

  • Julie Garner

    I received an advanced reading copy of this book.As I mentioned with Mark's previous book, his writing is well crafted and executed. This is another dark tale of Australian people but I didn't feel it...

  • rob

    Rarely has book grabbed my emotions and held them in a vice like this one.There is a short prologue, clearly a snippet of a police interview, that is just enough to alert the reader that somewhere in ...