Poppy is at a New Age festival with her mum and her mum’s partner when she meets Beth, a girl who seems consumed by unrequited love – a situation Poppy can, unfortunately, relate to. Then Poppy discovers a body in the lake, and she’s sure a murder has taken place. If she can’t convince the police, she’ll just have to investigate by herself...
I adored this book. The teen crime novel aspect, with Poppy as a strong-willed, tenacious investigator, is brilliant enough as it is. Add to this a cast of well-drawn characters and a fascinating backdrop, and this novel is outstanding. It’s the kind of book that’s as thought-provoking as it is page-turning. I found myself contemplating faith and alternative ways of life, while at the same time second-guessing almost every character I met as the novel grew ever more thrilling. There are even some references that will make YA fiction fans hug themselves with gleeful recognition. (Well, I did, anyway. Was that a hint of Perfect Chemistry I detected?!) I enjoyed the romantic relationships depicted in the book, and the ending was perfect.
Fast-paced, gripping and beautifully written, with a great setting and wonderful characters. Brilliant!
Review by Luisa.
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