2 Apr

Bloomsbury Press 2011 Soft cover edition 288 pages YA Thriller mystery

“The book opens with a simple premise. Two 10-year-old children, Barnaby and Christie, independently pitch up on a remote island off Canada’s Pacific coast at the beginning of summer. She is a “self-contained, dour child” being sent off to stay with a Mrs. Nielsen (“the goat-lady”) by her mother, who wants the girl out from underfoot. Barnaby, an orphan, is the heir to a fortune; he is going to stay with his uncle, who is planning to kill the boy for his $10 million inheritance.” Wall Street Journal 2011

This story has many layers. Whilst the murder plot takes center stage, other un-put-down-able pages just bristle on the edge of the limelight with a sly smile.

In the beginning the fare is light. All the characters make their appearances one by one, and story lines begin to form around each person. You just settle into the notion that this is a children’s book and not really something a mature reader would care for, when wham! Somewhere around page 100 dark clouds begin to shadow the pages and you suddenly realize, this isn’t Kansas anymore.

Sophisticated; sinister; twisted; and, unexpected. Recommend to those of you who don’t take yourselves too seriously.




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