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Amelie, St Helen and St Katharine

Beyond the Bright Sea

This book had me hooked from the first page! Wolk unfolds the plot really quickly and I found the story really exciting and interesting. I thought that the main character telling the story helped make it all seem real and captivating. I trusted that Wolk would tie up the loose ends – which she did – so you don’t need to worry about that! I liked how Wolk based some of her characters on real people and then built on them; they almost didn’t seem fictional and they fitted the story well. Although the plot was introduced right at the beginning, I really enjoyed discovering the personalities of each character slowly through the story. The characters speak in the right language throughout the book, for example more informal slang words to family and friends but more formal to characters like the police officers (hint hint!). Wolk uses both speech and narrative to tell the story but also uses letters (from and to the main character) to add extra information and create an unusual style. Reading the letters, I felt like I was part of her investigation in to her past and I really liked this style. The characters speak to each other in short sentences in the exciting parts and this keeps the story moving when you are very keen to know what comes next! Although the story was exciting and based around a mystery, it left a warm feeling about my family and how important they are to me. Overall, I would recommend this book to secondary school children and adults. Some of the ideas in it are a bit scary for younger readers.


Posted on: 19th April 2018 at 09:13 am

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