Oh how do i review a book that I am so ambiguous about??
The story goes like this; two sisters Megan and Cloe, lose their parents to a car accident, they inherit everything and come to their vacation cottage at Whitecliff, Cornwall. It starts with Megan receiving a postcard from Z. Is Z their long lost brother, Zachariah /Zac.. Is he alive?? Is he safe?? Where has he been in all these years?? That starts the ball rolling from London to Cornwall.
Megan, at 20 yrs of age, is a difficult person to like, she is brash, abrupt, rude at times. She is a little disturbed, dealing with anorexia and her mother’s words ringing in her ears in every situation, does not help her condition or her mental status. But she will do anything to know the answer to her brother’s disappearance. She takes chances, risks, some of them do pay off.
Cloe, on the other hand, at 17, is quiet, easy going and does not want to know what happened to her brother because sometimes truth is scarier than pretense.
The relationship between the sisters is sometimes warm but mostly strained and awkward as they have never lived together. They have kept in touch via the social platforms during their boarding school phase. So, seeing them interact was both refreshing and painful. There is loyalty yet a strange distance between them.
There are other characters who make an appearance throughout the story : neighbors, Alison and Dan (didn’t they have a son??? Where is he??), the bar owner Pete (what’s his secret?), his fisherman son Scott (is he a bully??), Scott’s wife, Chris’s ie (what’s her connection to Zac??). Surfer boy, Luke, vacationer kids like Brad, Mia, George and other locals like Vee, Gwen play their part in surrounding the village in mystery and intrigue. There is a strange pulsatile darkness emerging from all of them. The more Megan pushes with her questions, the harder the village residents resist till her back is to the wall. Then there are only two choices; run or fight. Chloe wants to run…
What does Megan do, does she run or fight? Is her need for answers more important than her sister?? That’s what the latter half of the book answers.
Kerry Wilkinson writes well. There is mystery and suspense. He takes a flawed young adult, filled with attitude and resentment, puts her right in the midst of an unfriendly village and then settles back, to see her finding her answers. .. She is quite a swashbuckling hero in the last few pages, with lots of action… Its a good book overall, with a great plot line but oh, so difficult to like the main character.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture and this is my honest and unbiased review.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Despite two national newspaper reports to the contrary, Kerry Wilkinson is male. Honestly.
His debut, Locked In, the first title in the detective Jessica Daniel series, was written as a challenge to himself but became a UK Number One Kindle bestseller within three months of release.His three initial Jessica Daniel books made him Amazon UK’s top-selling author for the final quarter of 2011. When Think of the Children followed in 2013, he became the first formerly self-published British author to have an ebook No.1 and reach the top 20 of the UK paperback chart.
Kerry has a degree in journalism, plays cricket badly and complains about the weather a lot. He was born in Somerset but now lives in Lancashire, so the weather gripes.
They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff, the first time since their brother’s disappearance.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read. Z for Zac.
Publication date : 23rd June 2017
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A good enjoyable read