Published: 15/02/2018
ISBN: 9781788039383
eISBN: 9781788031189
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Red Snow
by Larraine Susan Harrison

Twelve-year-old Megan thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother’s death, but she was wrong. Confronted by a web of deceit and lies from her family and ignored by her schoolmates, she befriends her new neighbour, Ryan. But Ryan is hiding a dangerous secret in the nearby woods. He has found some blood on the snow next to an old watchtower and Megan is drawn into a situation that she would rather avoid.

When the two friends are saved from danger by an intriguing woman called Irene, Megan begins to realise Irene has information that could shed light on the mysterious events surrounding her mother’s death. Meanwhile, Megan’s father sinks deeper into depression and forbids her from reaching out to Irene again.

As the mystery deepens, a failed burglary and the discovery of an intruder in Ryan’s garden reveal the truth about the past. A final unexpected twist brings some comfort and happiness to Megan’s tragic life as the book reaches a hopeful conclusion.

Taking readers on an emotional and gripping journey, Red Snow deals with serious contemporary issues including depression and post-traumatic stress as Megan battles against her father’s illness to unravel the truth about her mother’s death. Comparable to Suzanne LaFleur’s Love Aubrey and David Yelland’s The Truth About Leo, Larraine’s debut book will appeal to readers aged 9-11 years who enjoy mysteries, as well as to charities and organisations raising awareness about mental health.

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This short and emotional novel is mysterious children's fiction. This is the story of 12-year-old Megan who is a motherless child living with her depressed father. Her mother died accidentally on Megan's seventh birthday. Because her father does not allow questions about her mother's life and demise, Megan will stop at nothing to find out as much as she can. With the help of Ryan, the boy next door, they are on a quest to solve the mystery of her mother's death. From an adult point-of-view, I think pre-teen and teenage children will gain much from this novel. The solitude felt by Megan is felt by many children these days and the author's insight into childhood problems will make the reader feel understood and less alone. There is much to be enjoyed here.

by Carole Fortier

I am reviewing this book for Larraine Susan Harrison, Troubador Publishing, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.

Megan is running the household and ‘caring’ for her father since her mother died when she was young. She doesn’t know how she died and wants to discover why but her father has closed up. Together with the teen who has moved next door they try to seek the truth.
I like how depression and loneliness are featuring in more books as they are central to a lot of young lives.
I’m going to have to read it again as I am still not sure if Megan actually discovers what happens to her mum. Did I zone out when reading it, I don’t think so. I have briefly looked through some other reviews and have noticed similar responses.
Overall a good read for young people which touches on some topical issues and another author to add to my ever growing list of authors to watch / read

by Denise Cross


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