Rumour has it that Lightsea is haunted and soon Evie sense a strange presence following her. As she is drawn deeper into the island’s mysteries, Evie realises that it’s not just the past, or the dead, that she has to fear.
Trusting the wrong person could cost her life.
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I don’t know why the other reviewers found fault with it because I really enjoyed it – in fact I finished the majority of it in one night because I had to keep reading and find out what happened!
Unlike a lot of YA fiction, I didn’t find it predictable. I hadn’t guessed what was going to happen until it actually happened, and the story was unexpected, peppered with exciting twists and turns. Similarly, I also liked that it was fast-paced and full of action and drama throughout. Just a dash of romance was nice too, rather than the love interest becoming the main focus of the story (this tends to happen a lot in YA!)
All the characters were interesting with different personalities that really made for an engaging and involving read. I particularly liked Pepper and Josh, although they all had their good points. The author has definitely managed to accurately capture the wide range of feelings and emotions that a group of ‘troubled’ teenagers would be experiencing in this situation. From Samuel’s innocence to outspoken Pepper, not forgetting Evie’s childish reaction to her family at the start, it’s clear Sophie McKenzie has worked hard on this.
I actually really liked the setting of Lightsea too. I often think stories perform better with a limited or single location, because that forces the characters together. In turn that provokes certain dramatic situations and actions, which makes it much more interesting to read. The author has also mastered the technique of ‘show, don’t tell’. This is just my writing background coming through, but I really appreciate an author writing well. For example, Evie notices that some of the rooms at Lightsea are disused and that the owner, David Lomax, wears a threadbare jacket. This shows us that Lightsea is having money issues without outright telling us - things like that are perfect examples of good writing.
Personally, I think the beginning was by far the weakest part of the book because it didn’t draw me in straight away. But don’t give up - stick with it – because as soon as Evie moves to Lightsea the story really comes into its own.
A lot of reviewers have complained that the basic premise is too far-fetched. Sure, the set-up isn’t exactly realistic, but why should that matter? It’s fiction, not real life. The concept might not have been fully realistic, but the way that the characters dealt with it was, and that’s definitely what made this story for me.
Rating: 4 stars.
I really enjoyed reading All My Secrets, and I’m sure you will too. So it’s just as well that I’ve got another copy to give away to one of my readers, courtesy of Simon & Schuster. If you’d like to win yourself a copy, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
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