Thursday, 19 April 2012

At Yellow Lake By Jane McLoughlin

review by Maryom
Three teenagers find themselves at the remote Yellow Lake but instead of being able to soak up the natural beauty, find themselves locked in a struggle for their lives.
Jonah has gone to Yellow Lake looking for solitude, to camp out and re-discover his Native-American roots. Into the peace and quiet come Peter, fulfilling his mother's last request to bury a lock of her hair on the beach by their cabin, and Etta, trying to escape from her mother's sleazy boyfriend Kyle. The three strike up an uneasy alliance which is tested when Kyle and his gang arrive at the same spot with criminal intentions.

Although the story starts rather slowly with the characters' backstories and setting the scene, the tension soon increases once everyone is assembled at the lake. OK, there's a lot of coincidence with everyone being in the same spot at the same time - but after all this is the way of so many thrillers. The author takes the reader inside the three main characters, alternating between their points of view, showing us the changing dynamics of the threesome as they get to know each other and move between cautiousness and jealously to trust.
An excellent thriller read for teens who prefer their fiction set in the real world.

Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Frances Lincoln
Genre - Fiction, Teen, Thriller

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1 comment:

  1. I agree, it is really good and it does start quite slowly, but it picks up momentum though. I am reading it for a book award it has been nominated for, and am blogging about it ( I can't wait to see how it ends!