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Recommendations Round-Up: Creepy Reads for Darkening Evenings

As we head towards All Hallows’ Eve, our taste for creepy tales awakens. Perhaps it’s an instinctive pull back to fireside stories of ghosts and beasties as the nights draw in? I think there is an element of this in us all. And although I am a complete wuss and do not enjoy horror films or downright scary books, I do appreciate a little light scare every now and again. So here are some recommendations which may not be all-out horror, but are definitely tense and creepy in a way which suits the general October vibe of gradually darkening evenings.

The first four here are YA, with an adult title to round off the set. All books are available now. Book title links take you to their Goodreads entries.

Accident SeasonThe Accident Season has a unique premise: Cara’s family is prone to accidents every October, like a curse. This idea exists as a fact behind the events of the novel, set in the October when Cara is seventeen. The novel’s fantastically unsettling atmosphere supports some great creepy touches: secrets, tarot cards, a masked ball in an abandoned house and a girl who mysteriously and impossibly appears in all of Cara’s photographs. This is Irish author Moira Fowley-Doyle’s debut and I recommend it to YA fans who enjoy a slightly dark, somewhat unusual read with paranormal/magical elements in a contemporary setting.

James Dawunder my skinson’s Under My Skin and Say Her Name are deliciously creepy UKYA reads with a strongly contemporary feel. Say Her Name is the scarier of the two (nudging the edges of my capacity for scariness), focusing on the Bloody Mary urban legend invoked in a boarding school. Under My Skin is less ‘jumpy’ scary, but pretty say her namecreepy nonetheless, featuring mild-mannered Sally who finds herself drawn to a tattoo parlour and soon finds herself sharing her body with pin-up girl Molly Sue, who is a million miles from mild-mannered. As always with Dawson, both feature sharply authentic UK teen voices.

 
Sally Nicholls’ Close Your Pretty Eyes is a quick read (which is just as well because puttinclose your pretty eyesg it down is hard…). Damaged and fragile, Olivia is bounced around in different care situations. The first-person narration is tense and tight, but still allows the reader to see where Olivia is misinterpreting people’s intentions. The creepiness comes in when Olivia begins to hear the ghost of a Victorian baby farmer, which no-one else in her new foster home can. I found this a well-constructed and at times deeply disturbing read. It’s another very contemporary UKYA book with grit and plenty of tension.

in a dark dark woodMy final choice for this theme comes from the adult shelves: In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware is a psychological thriller centred on a hen weekend in a woodland cottage. Main character Nora is invited to the hen do of a school friend whom she hasn’t been in touch with for 10 years. The action flicks between the aftermath (Nora in hospital, eavesdropping on the police outside her room and trying to piece together her memories), the lead up and that fateful weekend itself. Fantastically tense and pacy, I strongly recommend this for lovers of mysteries and thrillers.

February’s Reading Log

It’s time for the monthly round-up! These posts help keep track of the reading challenges I’m doing this year and also give a quick shout-out for all the books I’ve been reading (not just those I review).

I won’t give too much detail here (as this kind of post gets long really quickly) – just a quick summary of each book read and some stats. The book titles link to their Goodreads pages for more info.

Despite February being a fabulously bookish month for me (I went to two brilliant events: the launch of Arsenic for Tea and the first UKYA Extravaganza), I did less well than in January with 7 books completed and many of my personal challenge aims missed (although I did read both British Books and Diverse Books).

Oh well, better luck next month!

Feb reads

Arsenic for TeaRobin Stevens, Random House Children’s, 2015, 9+ historical mystery

Set in the 1930s, this is a classic Country House Murder Mystery for kids. It’s the second in the Wells and Wong series which started with Murder Most Unladylike. I cannot recommend this highly enough – both for kids and for adult fans of boarding school series and/or kids’ crime. A triumph of diverse representation as well as a brilliantly conceived mystery.

Close Your Pretty Eyes, Sally Nicholls, Scholastic, 2013, YA contemporary with chiller/thriller elements

I really enjoyed this: clever first person narrative, heartbreaking in places, great is-it-or-isn’t-it haunting plot. Hard to classify, or to sum up briefly. If a damaged narrator (she’s 11 and on her 16th home…) and a vengeful ghost appeals at all, definitely pick it up.

Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan,  Piccadilly Press, 2013, YA contemporary

A quirky read that grew on me fairly rapidly: by the end I was definitely rooting for Olivia and the bizarre group of people she had surrounded herself with. The story of a teenage genius who loses both parents in a car accident, this is also about family and community an identity. Worth sticking with.

The Dead Men Stood Together, Chris Priestley, Bloomsbury, 2013, YA chiller/horror

Fabulously inventive re-imagining of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which I believe would be a brilliantly enjoyable tale even if you didn’t know the original. Reading it from a position of being familiar with the story, however, it is impossible not to admire how Priestley has filled in the gaps and made it a solid YA horror/chiller for today.

All The Truth That’s In Me, Julie Berry, Templar, 2013, YA historical

I remember seeing a lot of hype about this one and was disappointed when it came to reading it myself. I found the narration quite disorienting (it’s like a letter directly addressed to another character) but the mystery of what has happened to the central character – she was kidnapped and returned around two years later with her tongue cut out – is intriguing enough to carry it.

The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson, Walker, 2010, YA contemporary

This book is just lovely, which is an odd thing to say about a book that focuses on grief and mourning, I know, but it is also about love and forgiveness and families – and poetry. It’s also extraordinarily well-done. I loved Lennie’s poems shared within the pages and also the quirkiness of her family. Highly recommended for those who love a convincingly emotional YA novel.

Bird, Crystal Chan, Tamarind, 2014, YA contemporary

This is a great read in terms of diversity, focusing as it does on a Jamaican-Mexican-American family and particularly discussing clashes in the beliefs and traditions of those different cultures. It does so very well, and is another heartbreaking family story. I definitely enjoyed its dreamy and lyrical qualities and would recommend it for 12+ readers.

Challenges Progress this month – books read:

I did so much less well this month in terms of challenges! No TBR-reduction, no personal challenge met and no own (as in neither review nor for school) books read. Oops!

UKYA/UKMG titles: Arsenic for Tea, Close Your Pretty Eyes, The Dead Men Stood Together.

Reviews published this month:

Full reviews: Arsenic for Tea, Squishy McFluff, The Weight of Souls,

eligible for British Books Challenge: Arsenic for Tea, Squishy McFluff,

eligible for Dive Into Diversity Challenge: Arsenic for Tea (narrator is from Hong Kong)

Plans for next month

To prioritise my challenges (which, remember, I did set for myself, after all!)

To read some of the books I picked up at the fabulous UKYA Extravaganza.

Review: The Gentle Assassin by Ryan David Jahn

Initial response on closing the book: Had me guessing all the way through. Not a ‘pacey’ thriller, more a masterclass in the subtle creation of tension. Switching perspectives and an almost claustrophobically narrow focus drive the tension ever higher. I was delighted with the twisty ending.

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Goodreads summary:gentle assassin

It wasn’t every day you had the chance to track down the man who’d killed your mother.

In 1964, Andrew Combs’ mother is killed in front of him. His father Harry vanishes soon afterwards. Twenty-six years later Andrew wants revenge. There’s only one way he can let go of his past and become the man he wants to be: track down and kill his mother’s murderer. His father.

But while Andrew thinks he knows what happened all those years ago, the truth is far darker. For Harry Combs turns out to be a man of many secrets.

As shadowy figures from Harry’s past threaten his life, and Andrew inches closer to killing him, the two men find themselves playing a very dangerous game of life and death. And only one of them can survive.

A brilliant thriller with the pace and tension of Mark Billingham and the laconic style of Ramond Chandler.

I’d never read any of Jahn’s work before but I greatly enjoyed this novel. I loved that the novel’s style was also ‘gentle’ with no excess anywhere – in tone, pace or phrasing. As with all thrillers, it’s difficult to go too much into plot and character, as I do not want to give spoilers, so please forgive me the lack of concrete detail.

However, as you can clearly tell from the blurb, the tight focus I reference above is trained on Harry Combs, the ‘gentle assassin’ of the title, and his adult son David Combs, tracking him down to seek revenge. I appreciated the shifts in perspective – and was intrigued to find that I wasn’t clearly on one side or the other, so Jahn had successfully enabled me to empathise with both parties – and welcomed the addition of the occasional flashback to the night that started it all, when David was a baby and his mother was shot. I also thought it was a nice touch that the few secondary characters also contributed to the confusion over who to trust and whose motives were more admirable/forgivable.

I read that the author has worked in film and TV and I think that might be why the book has a very ‘filmed’ feel: scenes are used quite similarly to how a film works and it was easy to imagine a camera panning across a scene or cutting to a flashback. The writing style is quite detached, leaving you to engage for yourself rather than being overly emotive. The novel overall is definitely a great example of ‘less is more’, in action, pace and writing.

All in all, I enjoyed this as a tightly controlled and tense thriller. Fans of action-on-every-page may conceivably be disappointed, but if you like close and detailed character work and tension through conflict of interests, this is definitely recommended.

Review: The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

Stunning genre-bending debut; one of those books that hangs around and haunts your thoughts after reading. A lovely piece of work.

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Goodreads summary:

Evie’s shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed – the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.

The Bone DragonSoon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.

As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can’t fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.

This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can’t talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable.

A blend of psychological thriller and fairytale, The Bone Dragon explores the fragile boundaries between real life and fantasy, and the darkest corners of the human mind.

This will be a short review to avoid spoilers – the GR info above gives all the detail you can really have before reading. You’ll see in the review-at-a-glance graphic above that I avoided declaring a genre for this one. If pushed, I’d have to go for magic realist thriller (which I realise isn’t an official genre, but it’s the closest fit I can come up with). It’s more magic realist than full-on fantasy, dragon notwithstanding, as it clearly takes place in our world and the dragon is the only fantasy element. The thriller aspect is achieved by means of very close first-person narration by Evie, who is clearly hiding many things. The reader is left to tease out the fragments of information and decide where the half-truths and omissions lie.

This is a gorgeous treat of a read – which is an odd thing to say about such a trauma-filled book – due to its dark beauty and the lyricism of its prose. If the premise intrigues you at all, you should absolutely give it a go.

This is my initial comment on closing the book:

Beautiful, startling and tense. A real struggle to classify by genre, with magic realism elements within a coming-of-age narrative which, at times, feels like a psychological thriller. Evie’s anxieties, fears and development are conveyed perfectly; I have rarely felt I’ve known a character so thoroughly (especially given all the gaps in her narrative).

Review: Cruel Summer by James Dawson

16275049It’s not often I can use the adjectives ‘nail-biting’ and ‘spine-tingling’ together with ‘witty’ and ‘sharp’, but this novel definitely merits all of these descriptors. Although regularly recoiling in response to the ever-present doom hanging over the characters, I loved being immersed in the world James Dawson created here (as did my 15-year-old).

Cruel Summer is a contemporary UKYA thriller which follows a group of teens a year after finishing school. The previous year, on the night of the prom, one of their friendship group, Janey, died in a fall from a cliff that was ruled suicide – although at least one of her friends is certain it was murder. A year later, the friends all meet up for a holiday in a remote Spanish villa, but when one of their number turns up dead, they all have to accept that they are, in fact, confined in a remote location with a murderer. What a great premise, right? So you can see where the nail-biting and spine-tingling come in. As with his debut, Hollow Pike, James Dawson ramps up the tension with perfect judgement, while periodically allowing us respite, care of his witty observations on contemporary life.

The opening narrator, Ryan, is hilarious and easy to empathise with. He has a habit of imagining his life as a TV show, allowing for some brilliant commentary on the media and the annoying tendencies of real life to not fit neatly into media tropes. Ryan shares the narrative with Alisha, trying to recover from her ‘party girl’ past.  The rest of the gang are also well-crafted as characters and genuinely interesting as people, and it is a mark of Dawson’s genius plotting that I suspected pretty much each and every one of them of murder at some point…

The setting, as with all good thrillers, is crucial and contributes to the fear factor. Although luxurious and initially associated only with fun and relaxation, its remoteness rapidly becomes threatening. Might I suggest a new genre of ‘glamorous gothic’? The confinement, danger and many other critical gothic elements are present and correct, but there is no dusty old castle or broken down cottage – just a bright and shiny holiday villa.

If you enjoy thrillers and contemporaries, this is required reading.

From the Goodreads Description:

A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Jane was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder…

A compelling and psychological thriller – with a dash of romance.

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Out now from Indigo

My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for honest review

Review: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

Gripping YA Crime Thriller – Recommended!

This novel absolutely had me from the first page to the very end. If sharply written and keenly observed YA thrillers appeal to you at all, you should read this. Presented using a range of different viewpoints and even different text types, this novel keeps you guessing right to the last sentence.

I really enjoyed the writing style. Featuring chapters in different voices (helpfully headed with the character name to avoid confusion) and occasional different texts interspersed between chapters – newspaper clips, police transcripts, notes and even a fortune cookie fortune – the novel circles around the fact of Kayla’s abduction, tantalising and teasing us.
The book tells the story of the effects of a teenage girl’s abduction on her colleagues and friends from Pete’s Pizza. After she fails to return from a delivery, her colleague Drew reports her missing and the hunt begins.
Drew is a great character and I enjoyed seeing his development through the novel. He was the one who took the abductor’s order – naturally assuming it was a normal order – and is wracked with guilt trying to remember useful details to help the police. At the same time, his colleague Gabie is also tortured by the knowledge that the abductor asked for her – the girl in the Mini – on a night she’d switched shifts with Kayla.
The multiple narration is a clear strength of the book, allowing us to see the effects of the crime on a range of characters, and to be constantly shifted around. Reading this novel is a bit like peering into the story through different doors and windows, catching various angles of the action. Drew and Gabie’s voices are the dominant ones, but we do also get chapters from the abductor’s viewpoint and from Kayla’s as well as the other texts, providing plenty of variety in terms of voice.
All in all, I’d say that this is a very successful thriller and would absolutely recommend it. My resident teen has made off with my copy pretty sharpish – usually a good sign.

From the back cover

Gabie delivers pizzas part-time.

She also drives a Mini Cooper.
One night, Kayla, another delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza, goes out with an order and never comes back. Gabie learns that the man who called in the fake pizza order had asked for the girl in the Mini Cooper.
Was Kayla’s fate really meant for Gabie?
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Published in April 2013 by Walker Books
For more info, visit the publisher’s site
My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy

Review: Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

A thrilling ride! Slick assassin novel for the YA market

This was a great read, gobbled up quickly. I found myself drawn in, holding my breath at various key points.
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The narration has a breathless quality, being first person present tense and quite spare in style. There are no superfluous descriptions. There is nothing flowery or ornate about the writing. It’s just matter of fact, precise, cool – which gels perfectly with the character of a trained assassin. Interestingly, although there is a certain coolness and distance to the voice, it’s easy to engage with him and root for him.

Boy Nobody is a teen assassin, working for a shadowy agency. Through the course of the novel, via flashbacks, we learn something of his past: his appointment, his training, but there is still clearly a lot we don’t know about him (perhaps in future books we’ll learn more?). The novel introduces us to his life and submerses us into the experience of a particular engagement. The more I learnt of his background, the more he had my sympathy, despite his morally questionable way of life. The novel makes clear that, for all the black and white thinking – and lack of questioning – he’s trained for, life is all about the greys and I think the novel would make a great class reader for some interesting debates on morality and responsibility.

That said, it’s first and foremost a great read, and teens will enjoy it. Although it’s about the life of an assassin, it isn’t gory and it does prompt moral debate, so I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to teens of all ages.

From the author’s website:

BOY NOBODY
HE IS NOTHING. THE MISSION IS EVERYTHING.

They needed the perfect soldier: one who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed. So they made Boy Nobody-a teen with no name or history. The perfect soldier.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target.

But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter seems so much like him; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, the Program is watching. Because somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the kid he once was, the teen who wants normal things like a real home and parents, a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

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Published 23 May by Orchard
Find more info at Goodreads
My grateful thanks to the publishers for the amazing proof pack they sent me (note: this has not influenced my review, despite its undeniable fabulosity)

Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Fabulously tense YA thriller: a compelling tale of extreme emotions. 

I really enjoyed this suspenseful read, whipping through the pages to find out what was happening, only to find more uncertainties and twists as the book went on (but don’t worry, all is resolved and clear by the end).

Mallory goes away to a fancy prep school to get away from her home town, where everyone knows she stabbed her boyfriend and – although she is not in trouble legally – she is plagued by threats and gossip. What her parents don’t know is that she is literally haunted by that night’s events, hearing noises and feeling a presence every night as she tries to sleep, and of course, you can’t dodge ghosts as easily as you can real people. The stakes are raised when there is a death at her new school and, naturally, everyone has by then found out enough of Mallory’s secret for her name to be the subject of gossip once more.

The narration is first person and past tense, giving us a very close-up view of Mallory under extreme stress and barely sleeping. It’s great to see an unreliable narrator being used to great effect in a YA novel, and Mallory’s inability to be certain about the truth of events is an effective way to add to the novel’s tension. Information about ‘that night’ is drip fed as Mallory’s memories return through her creepy nightly reliving of events, in which she gets closer and closer to the actual stabbing each time. The haunting element is genuinely scary. It isn’t long before Mallory’s physical sensations of being grabbed are resulting in bruises and we’re left wondering whether her lack of sleep has supernatural, psychological or physical causes: is she haunted by a particularly dangerous ghost that can hurt her? is she losing her mind? is someone living doing this to her for some kind of revenge or punishment? The mystery element is delivered perfectly and I changed my mind several times about what I thought was ‘really’ happening: just as it should be.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this for YA readers looking for a thriller that keeps you guessing to the end.

From the blurb:

Mallory’s life is falling apart.

Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can’t remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear…

When Mallory’s parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There’s the hand that touches her shoulder when she’s drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory’s name is on their lips.

Her past can be forgotten but it’s never gone. Can Mallory live with that?

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Published 14 February by Bloomsbury Children’s
Find out more at Goodreads
My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy

Review: The Day I Met Suzie by Chris Higgins

Tense YA thriller focused on friendship, identity and trust 

I was gripped from the start by this fabulous teen thriller exploring trust, identity and friendship. Chris Higgins controls the tension perfectly, ratcheting it up gradually with hints and clues.

The novel is narrated directly by Indie, initially through the device of a telephone call to The Samaritans. Clearly this tells us that the situation is extreme, and since Indie has been asked to start at the beginning, we are given all the little clues that Indie can see far more clearly with the benefit of hindsight. I loved the little touches of Indie’s interaction with the Samaritan – this definitely helped both to add to the realism and to increase the tension by delaying the plot developments.

Being older than your average YA reader :), the blurb and premise of this novel reminded me of the film Single White Female, and it stands up well to the comparison, while also having a few surprises of its own. It’s clear from the start that Suzie has done something to cause big trouble for Indie, effectively stealing her life out from under her. Please note that this is not a spoiler – a key part of the tension is that we know this from the blurb and Indie’s opening comments to the Samaritan, and are scrabbling to try to piece together how it all happened, and to see where it will go. The novel is structured perfectly to amp up the tension and propel us towards the climax and conclusion.

Indie’s character is adorable and I love that she doesn’t lose her openness and loving nature, despite the mess she finds herself in. Her boyfriend, Rick, is a great and realistic character too, as are her friends, especially Mel. Both Mel and Rick are suspicious of Suzie, which she is able to use against them and to help her to get closer to Indie. Suzie is an amazing character – it’s hard not to admire her, even while you know she’s conniving and cunning.

Overall, I would readily recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting teen read. Chris Higgins ekes out the drama beautifully, making this a delight.

From Goodreads:

‘My boyfriend could get into trouble if he gets caught. He could go to jail.’ I moan softly. ‘So could I.’ ‘Anything you tell me is completely confidential.’ I sigh deeply. What have I got to lose? ‘I wouldn’t know where to begin.’ ‘At the beginning?’ she says. ‘In your own words.’ So that’s what I do. I start at the beginning like she says. The day I met Suzie.

Indigo (Indie) rings the Samaritans. She is frightened and desperate with no one to turn to. Over the course of one long night, Indie tells her story to the person on the end of the phone. She realises that her friend Suzie has taken over her home, her friends, her work, her boyfriend – and her life. After every few chapters we are brought back to the present moment, and see how piecing the story together helps Indie progress towards resolution
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Published March 7 by Hodder
Find more information on Goodreads
My grateful thanks to the publisher for providing me with a proof copy for review

Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

Second in the YA Time Travel Thriller Series

If you haven’t read Tempest, the first in this fab series, I’d suggest you go and read my review of that instead of carrying on here. This review will have spoilers for the first in the series (but not for this title).

This second instalment really ups the pace, with Jackson now working as an agent. He faces considerable challenges since he has to keep his time travelling abilities secret, so all the others assume he’s a spoilt kid who hasn’t earned his place in the unit. Jenni Stewart’s presence in the team, along with her memories of babysitting him but without her 2007 memories of working with him, doesn’t help his acceptance into the group at all.

I know that some readers – especially those who saw Tempest as primarily a romance – have found this instalment too big a departure from the first novel. Having enjoyed Tempest as a time travel thriller with romance driving the emotional heart of the plot, I enjoyed this second novel greatly. It focuses considerably more than the first on the time travel and attendant conspiracies, and it rattles along at a breathtaking speed, earning it the ‘thriller’ label even more than book one. Jackson’s love for Holly still affects him deeply, even while her knowledge of him doesn’t include their relationship, and the fact that she crops up in his life again shows that there is clearly some ‘destiny’ or ‘fate’ angle that I expect will be wrapped up somehow in the third book. It’s hard to see how, though, with Vortex closing in such an unexpected way (on which subject, no more will be said except I’m in awe of the ending: the characters are set up nicely for book three, and yet it didn’t feel like one of those cliffhanger endings where you feel cheated).

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It is different in emphasis to the first novel, but I felt this was positive and developed the overall story well. I still love Jackson and think that Julie Cross is very cruel to him, and I also enjoyed some of the new characters in this novel. Kendrick, for example, is a brilliantly complex and sympathetic character. I ached for her desperate attempts to keep a part of her life ‘normal’ even while being a secret agent investigating time travel.

My final verdict, then, is that this is a great read, with plenty of excitement, suspense and time travel complexity. I will definitely be looking to read the next part as soon as it’s available.

The blurb says:

TODAY

Jackson has lost Holly forever

TOMORROW 

She walks back into his life

YESTERDAY

Jackson must choose between saving her … or the entire world

The eye of the storm is a deadly place to be…

Jackson Meyer has completed his training to become an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. As a time-traveller himself he’s on his way to becoming the best of the best. However, everything changes when Holly – the girl he altered history to save – re-enters his life, and Jackson must make an impossible choice: erase the past or change the future?


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Published 3 January 2013 by Macmillan
Find more information at Goodreads
My grateful thanks to the publishers for sending a review copy