Dead Time

Book Blurb

Rose and Joshua first met when Joshua and his dad came to live with Rose and her mum. Then their world turns upside down when their mother and father go out for dinner one evening and never return. With police inquiries going nowhere, Rose is dispatched to live with her chilly, unfriendly grandmother and Joshua is sent to live with his uncle. Then Joshua comes to London to study and Rose is witness to not one, but two murders. Why is this happening to Rose? Can it be anything to do with the investigations Joshua has been doing into the disappearance of their parents? A taut and pacy thriller that is the start of a stylish new series from an acclaimed writer for teens.

My Synopsis

After months of emailing Rose is finally going to see Josh again after 5 years. Although she lives with her Grandmother he is the only one she really feels like is family to her any more and she is both excited and nervous to see him. However she doesn’t get that far as at the train station she bumps into someone from school who likes to taunt her. When he leaves after a phone call she should be relieved but she notices that he is arguing with someone up on the bridge and when he just disappears she decides to go check. To her shock he is still there, but no longer alive.

At college Rose has managed so far to be quite and keep to her self but now everyone wants to know about Ricky’s death. When his girlfriend Emma and her sister come over so isn’t in the mood to be friendly but she tried her hardest to let them know she can’t help. Emma doesn’t want to give up however and when Rose finds herself to close to another murder she feels she has to find out what has happened. 

Josh however is doing his own investigating. Into to disappearance of their parents. Rose doesn’t want to open up old ones but she doesn’t want to lose Josh from her life. However as Rose delve more into their own mysteries it seems they might lead back to her past.

My Review

There were things that I enjoyed about this book but my overall response to it was quite mellow. The characters were interesting enough, they all had their own history mostly full of unhappiness but the way they were brought together was realistic. There was a clear idea for the story with two paths meeting in the middle but I had worked out the murderer very quickly and so after a theory for the link. There was some parts that genuinely had me feel a little nervous though particularly when they were at the graveyard and I feel that for young teenagers this would be a good introduction into a crime/thriller genre.

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