Author Christine Hart gives us the gritty underside of rural youth culture in this edgy exploration of obsession and control in a troubled teen relationship.Uprooted from her Vancouver home, bereft of a mother who died in unnatural circumstances, sixteen-year-old July is stuck way out in the BC Interior and ready to completely hate her life. But before she knows it, she is experimenting with piercings and hair colours with her new best friend and dating one of the hottest guys at school in Salmon Arm. But then things turn decidedly weird. July's bizarre nightmare dreams cross the line into her waking world, and in the end, what she finally uncovers is the most chilling reality of all...
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(197mm x 133mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Sumach Press
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A grieving teenager stumbles into an abusive relationship and is terrified by supernatural visions in this pedestrian thriller. Shy teen July despairs when she is moved by her recently deceased mom's partner, Marie, from Vancouver to rural British Columbia. Her older sister is off at university and July feels immensely alone. So when a handsome boy, Ryan, singles her out, she is thrilled. The daughter of a psychologist, July is able to recognize his increasingly possessive behavior for what it is, but despite her growing unease, she continues with the relationship. Adding to her troubles, she is also visited by violent images of her mother's hit-and-run death and is warned against Ryan by specter-like forms and by the appearance of menacing black ooze. Readers who have been paying even cursory attention are likely to guess the answer to the central mystery long before July does, and the textbook portrayal of an abusive relationship, as when July muses, "it's an awkward dance of bullying and appeasement," feels stiff and lacks dimension. (Thriller. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Christine Hart
Christine Hart lives in Victoria, BC. Hart, who is a communications specialist, has also done freelance writing for newspapers, magazines, websites and corporations. This her first novel.