Reviewed by Rebecca Milne
The Arsonist is a fascinating and incredibly compelling account of the Churchill Fire, one of 400 in
Victoria on Black Saturday in 2009, and the subsequent investigation and arrest and trial of Brendan
Sokaluk. The horrifying descriptions of the heat and ferocity of the fire left me breathless and gave a
vivid insight into what these fires are really like. It is also an intriguing look into the mind of someone
who can cause this kind of destruction and heartbreak, this part I found most thought-provoking.
The writing is pacey, the research in-depth and the story of Brendan and his victims is very insightful.
This is a book I will think about and talk about for quite a while.