Author: Mary Hooper
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 7th July 2010
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
When I first picked up this book and read the blurb, I really wasn't sure I would like this, but I was so wrong! It was really good! (Don't you love it when that happens?!)
You are instantly gripped from the first page - you wonder why Grace is at a train station, where is she going? This is actually a very sad, heartbreaking, emotional novel and was extremely sad and scary in some places. I felt really sorry for Grace and her sister, Lily; the author did a great job of writing the emotions.
My favourite character was Lily. She was funny and some of the questions she asked made me laugh, although I did feel sorry for her sometimes. Grace looks after her like a mother, even though Lily is a year older than Grace at 17 years old. I actually thought Lily was about 10 when I first started reading the book - apparently, she is "simple-minded" and when their Mother died Grace's Mother told her to look after Lily.
I love the cover! I wouldn't change a thing. I love the way that Grace's hair stands out against the dark background, and I like the way that you can't see her face. It adds to the whole mysterious, murder story that lives between the covers.
There is another twist to this novel. A woman called Mrs Robinson, her husband, and their new-born baby. Sounds ordinary, right? We find out more about them at the end of the book - it's really surprising, actually, I didn't expect what happened!
Overall this book is amazing, I didn't find any faults with it. I would recommend this novel for ages 12+ because some bits were very upsetting and scary, and not really suitable for anyone younger.