He didn’t move. She couldn’t see him, couldn’t see anything. The room was entirely black.

She didn’t speak. Silence, she figured, was safer.

Cover of Train Rider by Tony Cavanaugh

Reviews for Tony Cavanaugh’s previous novels include words like “chilling and memorable” and his protagonist, Darien Richards is described as “uncomprising” and “tough” (see here). This is the first book I’ve read by this author and six chapters in, I can see what they mean. I think this is going to be a dark crime read! Here’s the blurb:

One man pushed Darian Richards to the edge. The man he couldn’t catch. The Train Rider. As Victoria’s top homicide investigator, Darian Richards spent years catching killers. The crimes of passion, of anger, of revenge … they were easy. It was the monsters who were hard. Someone was taking girls. At first he’d keep them a week then give them back. Darian warned that wouldn’t last. It didn’t. From then on, their bodies were never found. Girls kept disappearing. All they had in common was the fact they’d last been seen on a train. The ever-rising list of the vanished broke Darian. Forced him to walk away. Now, retired, watching the Noosa River flow by, the nightmares had finally stopped. Darian was never going back. Then three girls go missing from Queensland trains. Darian knows that the killer is playing him. He has a choice to make. But when the decision means a girl will die, there is no choice. He has to stop this man once and for all. Forever.

Sound like something you’d read? 


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

8 Responses

  1. Looks pretty dark. I think I’d wait to hear what you think of it before deciding whether to add it to the ever-growing list. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Crime novels are not really my thing, but I enjoyed your teaser! Very thrilling, I already know I would get anxious, haha

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