A deeply layered journey into the tumultuous world of adolescence wrapped up in a web of mystery.
I found this an enjoyable read. The plethora of ideas and themes explored is admirable and often written with poetic grace. It builds up to an emotionally satisfying climax which makes one intrigued to read the next book in the series. Overall this is an enjoyable read and accurate account of the trials and tribulations of growing up which takes me back to my own adolescence. I’m looking followed to the next installment in the series.
An accomplished foray into the confusing world of adolescence
In this novel Dominic introduces us to an ensemble cast of well-drawn characters, and stunning locations that are described in such prosaic detail that they become characters in their own right. We join Danny Canterbury and his classmates as they attempt to navigate the trials and tribulations of mid-adolescence, triggering long-forgotten (or suppressed) memories in those of use who left those years far behind us. The clarity and honesty with which these experiences are written shows a deep understanding of those almost universally difficult years by the author. It builds to a satisfyingly thrilling climax, while also managing to leave the reader keen to learn more about these characters and their lives – it’s a good job further volumes in the series are already available. If you want a story to transport you into a world that is all at once real and fantastic, contemplative and thrilling, dark and comedic, you will enjoy (and learn from) this novel.
Great book, can’t wait for the rest of the series!
Great book, with realistic characters and a good understanding of secondary school atmospheres! I loved the character development, and felt like they portrayed a real friendship group well. The story is laid out well and kept my interest throughout with a few thought out twists and turns.
‘The scenario is intriguing and the characters are realistic. It feels like I know them in real life. But the best part are the mysteries! Dominic Jericho keeps me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read what’s going to happen next!’
Andressa Andrade (www.andressaandrd.wordpress.com)
Rarely does a second book deserve the same praise as the first… This one does, without a doubt.
Danny and his friends are back for more! This book draws on the first, but the story is more than strong enough to support itself as a stand alone book. The author has captured the trials and tribulations of adolescence beautifully, and it’s great to see the relationships developing realistically. I love the little throw backs to literary greats, and it’s nice to see that the “geeky kids” have a chance to shine here without an ugly duckling storyline. Fantastic second instalment, what will Danny do next?!
Beautifully written and sucks you in to memories and feelings of adolescence.
Amy Du Quesne
Dominic Jericho is a master of mood. This mystery fills you moment-by-moment with feeling, be it melancholy, loss, excitement, or adventure, with just enough hook to keep you wondering what will happen next. Overall, a very enjoyable read.
A Dramatic Conclusion
The final school year brings intrigue, love, lust, angst and clarity to the teenagers as the outside world becomes a greater part of their lives. In another wonderfully crafted and executed novel the author treats us to those tumultuous teenage emotions through the eyes of her characters. The dialogue and inner voices are natural and expertly narrated to the listener. There’s even a dramatic twist at the end of the tale, enjoy.
Boldly chaotic, clearly co-ordinated
At first I had no idea what on earth to make of this book. It is really very deep. A lot of thought has gone in to its construction. It’s deep really and scattered like the emotions of teenagers exploring their identities but it’s even more than that. I find it intriguing and fascinating in an odd sort of way. Thought provoking, I think this book needs to be read more than once. I think it’s well worth the time taken to really explore this book.
Loved this book
Usually I’m not really into long books but this time I couldn’t put down this book. The story was interesting. Highly recommended for those who love this genre.
The characters had great background, mystery line was good, and narrator was engaging. Will recommend this book.
Past And Present Collide
Our central character, Danny Canterbury, is on vacation with friends trying to attract the attention of his new crush. We’re treated to a rock festival in the UK before going to Rhodes, Greece. A drama is unfolding as a girl goes missing in Greece bringing back past memories of a similar incident in Danny’s life. The writing involves the reader with great characterisation, interesting locations and a nicely paced, multilevel narrative. The voice of the narrator adds an additional dimension. An enjoyable listen.