A creepy book that creeps up on you as you discover how creepy kids can be. This is a sad, gripping tale of misfit children in an uneasy gang wasting the summer. Although the narrative keeps stressing that by the end of the summer “three of us were dead”, the denouement still comes as a nasty surprise. It’s an impressive debut.
Similar this month: None but try Nicola Monaghan.
Comparison: Alice Sebold, Jodi Picoult, Zoë Heller.
It was hot everywhere that year. During the long summer holidays the days rolled by in blue and gold, the sun bouncing off the dustbins and burning into windscreens.
By the end of that summer, three of us were dead.
Anita's mother has just died. The family has moved to a new town, a new home, and a new neighbourhood. The long school holidays are about to start and the summer stretches out interminably in front of them.
Kyle lives across the road from Anita. Cool, surly, laconic, he knows all the places to hide. He says the area between the houses and the river is littered with hidden, disused mines; a perfect playground for restless kids with nothing better to do.
But what they don't know is that these mines will form the scene of the most unsettling crime this community has ever known. This summer everything will change. This summer, the dead days have come home to stay.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
‘A modern day classic in the making’ Dazed & Confused
‘A beautifully written descent into darkness’ Glamour
‘Creepy, clever, compelling’ Arena
'Prepare to be gripped by this brilliantly haunting novel' Grazia
‘An amazing debut’ New Woman
Publication date: 05/03/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th March 2007|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London in 1973. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. After attending Woolwich College she studied modern English and French literature at the University of Glamorgan. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls' magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men's style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London. Author photo © Philippa GedgeMore About Camilla Way