Review by Jackie Marchant
A debut that was longlisted for the Carnegie, and rightly so. Set in the US, three completely different teenagers find themselves on the run, heading for Yellow Lake – Peter is secretly heading to his mother’s log cabin to fulfil her dying wish and bury a lock of hair, Jonah has run away to find his Native American roots and Etta is fleeing from her mother’s latest abusive boyfriend.
What they don’t know is that the log cabin where they all end up hasn’t been used by Peter’s family for a very long time – and an abandoned cabin is the perfect place to commit all sorts of atrocities without anyone knowing.
As the danger become clearer, you’d expect the teens to stick together. But they each have their own agenda and they don’t. Instead they allow misunderstandings to become major issues, detracting from the real danger they are in, until it’s too late. And that’s what I love about this book. The way the characters fail to cope makes it so real – and all the more chilling. There are no gimmicks here, just a believable tale of what really could happen. That’s what makes you keep turning the pages.
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