Post-YALC, there’s little I enjoy more than devouring numerous proof copies ahead of their official release dates. Today I finished reading one of the twenty-or-so ARCs I picked up at July’s convention, Blackbird by N.D. Gomes for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Author: N.D. Gomes
Category: #38 A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
“We all play characters to a certain extent. We’re all pieces in a game, moved by hands not always ours. And we play our roles well. We do what people expect us to do, say what they want us to say, even if that means lying. Because the truth is so much harder to hear for most people.”*
When Alex’s sister, Olivia, goes missing on the small Scottish island of Orkney, the entire community rallies together to try and find her. With only a few leads, Alex gets involved with the investigation, desperate to uncover the mystery.
The story is a compulsive, fast-paced read, and is relatively dark for a YA thriller. The characters were well developed, but the plot-twist was predictable.
*quoted from advanced reader copy, published quote may differ
Set over the New Year period, the cold, dark geographical atmosphere is replicated in the characters emotional responses to the tragedy that unfolds over the course of the novel. I think I would have enjoyed it more had there been greater uncertainty as to the *person/people/thing* involved regarding Olivia’s disappearance, but it was, without question, a compelling read.
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