Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens.
One night, Rose’s mother and Josh’s father go to their favourite restaurant for a date-night dinner. They never come back. The police sit Rose down and tell her that they are dead. Probably.
Five years later, Rose and her stepbrother meet again. Josh is obsessed with finding their parents, while Rose wants nothing more than to forget the past. Coupled with the search for her parents and the turmoil of connecting with Josh again is another string of murders – which Rose seems to be at the heart of.
With the police unwilling to solve the deaths of a working-class couple, Rose tackles the mystery herself, struggling to keep a balance between the cases and her various relationships.
Fans of Lili Wilkinson’s A Pocket Full of Eyes will adore this book. After navigating the waters of British cultural references, this is a fantastic story.
The reader feels Rose’s frustration at her life as the two mysterious cases both seem to lead to dead ends. Her transition from being a loner girl at school to juggling numerous relationships – her cold grandmother, the cute policeman Henry, the cyber genius Skeggsie and her long-lost brother – is totally believable.
Recommended to both genders, ages 13 and up.
Review by Miranda Stewart, age 15
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