Compelling contemporary drama is an exciting new direction for the acclaimed Celia Rees
Celia Rees lives in Leamington Spa where she writes her novels. She has been shortlisted for both the Guardian and the Whitbread children's fiction awards. Her novels have been translated into over twenty languages.
Sleek, dark and dangerous. Celia Rees has ventured into new
territory and returned with explosives -- Patrick Ness
In a remarkable book that manages to be both lyrical and gritty in the same breath, Celia Rees takes us into an apparently ordinary world where love, betrayal, faith and violence appear hand in hand on virtually every page. I love it for its deceptively gentle prose, its totally believable characters and its vortex of a plot -- Melvin Burgess
Its momentum is impressive * Daily Mail *
This is a fantastic novel - dark and ominous but at the same time intimate and quite beautiful * The Bookbag *
Gr 10 Up-A dark, haunting story of love, betrayal, and loss. When Jamie meets Caro, he instantly falls for the mysterious, intoxicating girl. Her physical beauty, her unconventional ways (rumors of her past involvement with older men, the scars on her wrists, her passion for political activism), and her wild, independent streak are a heady mixture that the inexperienced teenager can't resist. She becomes involved with his older brother, Rob, a former soldier back from Afghanistan with physical and emotional wounds, but Caro's refusal to be tied down only increases Jamie's infatuation. Though the graphic dialogue and colloquial style of the protagonists' voices add an authentic flavor, the language still retains a lyrical feel. By employing several narrators and slowly dropping hints about Caro and Rob's actual intentions, Rees imbues the novel with an intentionally disjointed tone that mirrors Jamie's own mindset as he eventually discovers that the two are hiding a far more dangerous secret. The use of multiple perspectives infuses the characters with depth and nuance; Caro in particular is portrayed as both the alluring object of Jamie's affections and as a troubled adolescent coping with feelings of alienation and pain. Rees conveys the sensuality of young lust and the aching, all-consuming feeling of first love with candor and tenderness. A powerful novel that should resonate with both teens and adults.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.