WAKE does not mean "awake". It's an acronym from an online true crimes forum. The true crime? The disappearance of a ten-year old girl, the "prettier" of the McCreery twin sisters.
This is an atmospheric Aussie Noir, full of characters you can't help loving as you follow them through the twists and turns of their story. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. If you enjoy Jane Harper's books, this one's for you!