I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Razorbill Canada on August 1st, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, “Steady. We’re here to help.” Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.
I didn’t know what to expect from this one. I actually thought it was about a medium (someone who speaks to the dead), but I was wrong. The description is very simple yet it shows there’s something more than what is on the surface. Aaron being a funeral director in training is correct. What I didn’t expect was the truth that finally came out in the end.
Aaron’s nightmares are vivid and scary..Violent and morbid. I couldn’t understand what it was. Here is this teenage boy trying to live, trying to make sense of his own life. Surviving in a trailer park with his sick grandmother is no way to live. I commend him for seeking out a job. It’s different than most books, since his true horror isn’t revealed until later on and then all the pieces are unraveled and then you get that “Ahah!” moment where it all fits together.
The writing is simple and doesn’t exaggerate. The main character is heavily flawed and in doing so, many other characters reach out to help him, particularly his boss John and his own family. Skye is a wonderful character who brought a little life back into Aaron. Their relationship was sweet and you can’t help but smile at Skye’s questions and observations especially when she nicknames him “Robot.”
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