Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) returns to the town he left under a shadow of scandal as a teenager. His childhood friend has seemingly killed himself after murdering his wife and child. Falk is now in the police, and his friend’s parents convince him to stay and look closer, as they can’t believe their child could do this.
In a country where one woman per week is killed by their current or past lover, something about this storyline didn’t sit with me well. The men are often described in the media as being pushed too far, and the abuse and coercion leading to the deaths are often overlooked or dismissed. And I suppose this story does acknowledge that in ways. Still.
I didn’t love the book when I read it, and I hadn’t heard good things about the film. Yet, I found I really enjoyed it – the beautiful scenery, the sense of oppressive heat and small town life, and the fish-out-of-water aspect.