nicx27 reviewed this|almost 4 years ago
I found this to be a slow-paced, but gripping story of four young people. Katy and her boyfriend Danny, and his best friend Simon, go to stay at Simon's uncle's house for the summer of 1972. Simon's uncle has gone away and has asked Simon and his friends to do some work in the garden, in return for which they get to spend the glorious summer there.They then meet up with Trudie, a younger girl, who starts to cause trouble amongst the group. To say anymore about what happens in the story would be to give too much away, but over 30 years later, Mrs Ivanisovic, Danny's mother, writes to Kate (as she is now known) asking her to go and see her to tell her the truth about what happened at that house all those years earlier, before it is too late.The story is told by Kate, both looking back to 1972, and in the present day when she receives correspondence from Mrs Ivanisovic. This means that we see everything only from her point of view, but also that the ending is even more gripping because of it.This is a well-written thriller/coming of age story. It has been compared to A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine, and I would agree that there are a lot of similarities, both in style and story. I enjoyed finding out what happened that summer, as the story as told by Kate unfolded, and I think the book has a kind of intensity that works very well. There are a fair few twists and turns in this book, and although I didn't find it 'edge of the seat' stuff, I did really enjoy reading it.