I actually received an advance copy of RUBBERNECKER while at Harrogate in 2012, but with all my moving around and travels the past couple of years, I have yet to read it (it's part of Mount TBR in my storage locker in my old hometown - the majority of what I stored were crime novels!). I did however read and enjoy Bauer's debut, BLACKLANDS, which ended up making the New Zealand Listener's 100 Best Books, amongst other accolades around the globe.
In a review of BLACKLANDS, which also focused on a young hero/investigator, I said:
On its surface, Blacklands is a deceptively simple story, yet Bauer imbues it with layers; fully-realised characters struggling at the margins of society, a well-evoked sense of both the wild beauty of the moors, and the ongoing effects on a family and community of horrific crime, long after the headlines have faded.
Congratulations to Bauer on winning the award from what was a good longlist and list of finalists!