Library JournalFirst published in Great Britain in 1970, this excellent work by an Australian author poses a most intriguing puzzle. Marion Burton, sister of a murder victim, establishes the principal frame of reference. Four years after the murder, Marion presents a "complete" file to a private investigator and demands to know which of two hitchhiker girls killed her brother. Then, within the present, a disturbing tale of a stolen "souvenir" and its far-reaching consequences unfolds. Variant viewpoints disguise the truth in teasingly deceptive ways, and the Australian settings add a touch of the exotic. Recommended.
School Library JournalYA-A first-rate mystery set in Australia that involves two teenage hitchhikers and a man who has been stabbed to death in a blind, brutal rage. Was the guilty party Peta Squire, a self-reliant and seemingly experienced 16-year-old? Or Sandra Kilby, a novice at being on the road, a quiet, delicate girl who yearned for acceptance? Four years later the murder is still unsolved. Whoever views the evidence faces the fact that one of the girls is lying and has the strong backing of her family. The case is brought back to prominence through the instigation of a young woman who expects to marry into Peta's family, hoping for her fiance's sake to resolve the guilt and doubts. YAs are sure to get caught up in the book's issues of hitchhiking, pilfering, and culpability.
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