Darkwater

Georgia Blain

Darkwater
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Darkwater

Georgia Blain

A beautifully atmospheric mystery about family, politics and murder in an idyllic Sydney suburb. Amanda Clarke is dead. Her body was found floating facedown by the riverbank, and no one knows what happened. As rumours fly and fear grows, it seems that everyone suspects Lyndon, one of Amanda’s friends. He’s known for his temper, his cruelty and his criminal family - and now the police want to talk to him. It’s the end of summer, 1973, the heat is enough to melt asphalt and a sleepy riverside suburb is losing some of its innocence. Fifteen-year-old Winter went to the same school and hung out in the same places as Amanda. As she finds herself alone in trying to defend Lyndon, Winter learns that you can never really know someone - and the answers she has been looking for are closer than she has ever wanted to believe.

Review

Georgia Blain, usually associated with contemporary literature for a much older audience, presents an engaging story about the mysterious death of Amanda Clarke, a popular teenager.

Intrigue sets in as the responsibility for her death is focused squarely on her closest friends, one of whom is the elder brother of the narrator, another, a boy with a distinctly shady background. By and large, Darkwater is well-written with additional subplots that deal with a number of aspects relevant to adolescent life - trust, friendship, new love. However, I couldn’t help but think that it lacked important descriptive detail readers know its setting, both time and place.

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