The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett

Posted November 14, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Gregg Dunnett. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett
Genres: Crime and suspense, Thriller
Release Date: September 10, 2016
Format: E-book
Source: Author, Gregg Dunnett
Pages: 316
ISBN: 1786974231
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

Shortlisted for the Chanticleer Clue Awards for the best thriller/suspense novel of 2016, and available FREE on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Nook and Smashwords.

Jesse tells the story of his coming-of-age on the wild Atlantic coast, where he fails to notice the disturbing behaviour of his best friend.

Natalie’s husband goes missing at sea in circumstances which don't make sense. And while she searches for him, it seems she also has something to hide.

You'll be shocked at how Jesse and Natalie's stories come crashing together. And at the end, you won't see the twist coming.

The Wave at Hanging Rock is a powerful and intelligent thriller that will grip you from the first line, and keep you guessing till the very last page.

Since it was launched in September 2016 The Wave at Hanging Rock has drawn over 150 five star reviews across Amazon, and is one of the most downloaded free books of 2017 in the UK this year. It's an exciting debut from an author to watch. Here's a little of what people are saying:

“Don’t miss this, it’s a real treat!”

“If you’re looking a for a good book to read, stop looking, you’ve found one…”

"A stunning psychological page-turner and a great story."

"Love this, love this!”

“I was gripped from the very first page.”

“This should be a film!”

“One of the best books I've read in a long while…”

“The story unfolds beautifully and keeps you guessing right up until the last page.”

“I loved this, didn’t want it to end.”

“Dark humour means this book stays in the memory.”

“One of those books that you just cannot put down…”

And if you want to be the first to read Gregg Dunnett's second novel: The Desert Run copy and paste the link below to read it free:


This story is told in both the past at the present, in first person and third person points of view. The story follows Jesse from childhood and it is from him that we have the first person voice. We are able to follow his story to where it intersects with his two friends John and Darren. These characters are where the surfing aspect of the plot is introduced. I am not a surfer so I cannot really comment on whether or not the surfing aspects of this book are correct or realistic. Though I did not find that with my inexperience there was anything glaringly ridiculous or unbelievable.

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Natalie who is the female protagonist of this story. The events in her life are also woven throughout the time transitions and in the beginning I was wondering what her significance to the overall plot was but after meeting the surfers it became apparent. I liked how Natalie was developed but I wish her character had been written with a backstory that would make her investigative actions plausible, not just of a woman whose husband has gone missing and has had no significant training in investigating missing persons. She should have had a credible background or been paired with a character who did.

The characters introduced will keep your interest. You will find yourself reading on so that you can see what is going to be happening next. I found that I liked the transitions from the past to the present. At first I was a bit confused but as the story unfurled it became clearer who were the main protagonists. I liked that every character seemed to have something happening in their lives that contributed to the overall plot.

This is a dark psychological thriller. The mystery is in the misdirection, the whole “he said, she said” aphorism. I really enjoyed while reading this story that I picked up on ominous forebodings for the future of characters but then I was misdirected with well written dialogue, reassured that I was mistaken and then by the end felt as if “dang! I should have seen that coming.” Right until the end you are not really sure in who to believe and it makes for a good read.

*Thank you to Author Gregg Dunnett for this complimentary copy of The Wave at Hanging Rock*

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2 responses to “The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett

  1. Jane Marion

    I really enjoyed this read and didn’t want to put the book down. I was fascinated to find out how the two different stories would meet. I read this book without questioning the characters and the things they said and did. If you read this book I suggest that you do question and second guess as I still do not understand the last few pages. I have re-read those pages four times and have been left feeling frustrated, therefore I feel I must have missed something along the way.
    Well worth reading though and a great first novel. Congratulations to Gregg Dunnett.