Tallowwood (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Tallowwood
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense, Murder/Mystery
Page Count: N/A
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Cold cases, murder, lies, and an unimaginable truth

Sydney detective August Shaw has spent the last decade of work solving cold cases. Since the death of his boyfriend eight years ago, August works alone, lives alone, is alone — and that’s exactly how he likes it. His work is his entire life, and he’s convinced a string of unsolved cold-case suicides are linked to what could be Australia’s worst ever serial killer. Problem is, no one believes him.

Senior Constable Jacob Porter loves his life in the small town of Tallowwood in the middle of the rainforests in northern New South Wales. He runs summer camps for the local Indigenous kids, plays rugby with his mates, has a close family, and he’s the local LGBTQIA+ Liaison and the Indigenous Liaison Officer.

When human remains are found in the camping grounds at Tallowwood Reserve, Jake’s new case turns out to be linked to August’s cold cases, and Jake agrees they’re not suicides at all. With Jacob now firmly in August’s corner, they face one hurdle after another, even when more remains are found, they still can’t seem to gain ground.

But when the body of a fellow police officer turns up under the same MO, it can’t be ignored anymore. August and Jake must trace the untraceable before the killer takes his next victim or before he stops one of them, permanently.

N.R. Walker has done it again. New trope, new characters but the same 5 perfect stars.

I was drawn in from the start. The story sucked me in until the very perfect end.

Both MC’s were so different, yet perfect together. I loved how much romance and sweetness was woven into the story without getting deep under the covers. It just fit their personalities so well.

There were so many takeaways and emotional thoughts that I had after reading this as well. It was devastating to know that August had worked a cold case for years and years about gay men being murdered and no one would listen. I loved that Jake had his belief system so ingrained in him that it actually saved his life. And the kookaburras. Let’s not forget them.

Full of mystery, intrigue, death, life and a budding romance, this is just one more story that N.R. Walker has perfectly crafted and bestowed upon her readers. I would absolutely recommend this one.

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Galley copy of Tallowwood provided by NR Walker in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday