Release Date: June 27th 2017.
Publisher: Hachette Australia.
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Cover rating: Pretty, dream like. Would pick up if saw in store.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The weight of a secret can drag you under . . .
Sixteen-year-old Lucy Hart has been counting the days till she can get the hell out of Digger’s Landing – a small Queensland fishing hamlet home to fifteen families, a posse of mongrel dogs, and Parkers Corner Store (no apostrophe and nowhere near a corner).
But just like the tides, Lucy’s luck is on the turn, and as graduation nears her escape plans begin to falter; her best friend, Polly, is dropping out of school to help pay the bills, and Tom has been shipped off to boarding school, away from the flotsam of this place. And then there’s Lucy’s nightlife, which is filled with dreams that just don’t seem to belong to her at all . . .
When the fish stop biting, like they did when her mum was still around, Lucy realises she isn’t the only one with a secret.
Reasons I enjoyed this book (in no pearticular order):
- Beautiful writing that reels you in. The descriptions are so vivid you can feel the pressing heat and smell the salty water.
- Complicated romance with a boy who is there and is not, but is a good escape. It went down an interesting road I didn’t see coming.
- Female friendship: Lucy plans on escaping with Polly. They are always there for each other. They don’t give up on each other even when things get complicated.
- The mystery surrounding the suicide of Lucy’s mother and the role her father played in it.
- The magical realism of the dream walking and the affect it has on Lucy.
- The life like characters and the trueness of their personalities. Victoria has captured humanness in its many forms.
- The small town setting – more like a tiny town. Only 15 families! It was interesting and different to the other small town settings I have read. A breath of fresh air.
- The depiction of poverty. I haven’t read a lot of YA where the characters are poor.
- Lucy’s dog. Ever since I got my own dog I love reading books where characters have dogs 🙂
- Lucy. She was likeable and relatable. She has gone through such a traumatic experience losing her mother and my heart broke a little for her. I felt her frustration wanting to find out more about her mother and not being able to. She was trying to figure out her place in her little world and I could understand her need to want to escape.
Overall, I found this to be a refreshing and enjoyable read that was easy to dive into. I would recommend to those who love their contemporary with a bit of magic and mystery. Victoria Carless is certainly a writer I would love to read more of.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.