Troubador SCOUT

Released: 21/06/2019

eISBN: 9781838599614

Format: eBook

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Seventeen sucks

It sucks when your Mom has dementia, and she believes it’s still the 1980s. But the greatest tragedy is when your Mom no longer recognises that you are her daughter.

Scout is her Mom’s only carer, and sometimes Mom goes AWOL - but Scout has a special knack of tracking her down, a sixth sense that is kept secret. Scout doesn’t want anyone to know that she has this freak psychic ability, but when Mom is picked up by the cops, the secret is out. 

Scout can feel the emotions that others leave behind, and now the police want her to help them find a missing child. As she follows the invisible tracks, she experiences the terror of an abducted child and the hunger of a serial killer... 

Scout is yet to find where her freakish talent will take her - it might get her out of her dead-end life, it might lead to romance.

But can Scout develop her paranormal talent in time to save the missing child?

There is more about SCOUT, how it came about and the process of writing it on my website

Scout is a great book for YA readers who want to try crime mixed with first love, mental health and unusual gifts.

Scout had to grow up fast and she is taking care of her mother while working in a cafe without seeing a chance to go to college.

One night, her mother wanders off and Scout has to find her, using her strong empathic gift. This way, she gets the attention of a police officer, who happens to be an old friend of her mother, who is searching for a missing child.

It turns out Scout's mother had the same gift in her youth. And she was helping in the search for a missing child... the killer was never caught.

I liked this book for giving the reader a good look on what living with a person with dementia is like.
Scout is a young girl caught between caring for her mother, her job, first love and learning to harness her strong empathy.

The story was never boring and often had great twists. I just felt that it was a bit rushed by the end, I would have loved for the reveal of the killer to be a bit... more. It felt too sudden for all the build-up.

Still, I enjoyed reading Scout and the diversity in it. Also, it has great 80ies music references.

by Yvonne

Lauren "Scout" Mann has her hands full. She graduated high school early so that she could be home more with her mother, Eileen, who was a victim to dementia. Scout also has a sixth sense type ability and she can track anything/anyone. In this book, the local police might be able to take advantage of this when a child goes missing. Between taking care of her mom and tracking down missing children, does Scout get to just be a teenager?

I loved this book so much! I was hooked immediately. Scout is such a great character and the writing is so smart. I loved all the layers that the author built on throughout the story. I would definitely read more from this writer.

by Kelly

What I find quite intriguing about YA novels is that it always seems like the world is falling apart for the characters and as the reader you find yourself asking "how much can a teen take?"

However, I can step back and ask this now that I am way beyond my teens, but back then, even a simple conversation was enough to make me break down and it's the same theme here. Scout is 17 years old having to care for her mentally ill mother, who once bright and comprehensive, cannot even recall her own daughter due to memory loss. She's also got to work and finds herself opening up to the possibility of love and with all this is this gift, her innate ability to find/track anything that's her greatest battle comes when she has to find a missing child.

It's a mesmerizing read. When Scout is tracking you are there with her and the author did such a tremendous job of describing her thoughts merging this with her feelings and fears so well that you cannot miss a beat of it.

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a YA novel that has themes of love, mental illness and a bit of crime and mystery.

by Dora

A very interesting read! The book revolves around a girl who has the uncanny ability of finding things and her adventures.

The writing flow is fluid, containing some very beautiful lines. The storyline is just the right amount of predictable, with enough callbacks.

The book has some wonderful characters like Mr. Dinkel, Moy and Scout herself. Mike initially seemed the guy every girl would fall in love with, but I didn't like the way his character plays out to the end.

It's a terrific and a fast read. Page turning masterpiece!

by Samhita

I loved the premise for this and it’s such an interesting read, completely different from any YA I’ve read before. This is the kind of book. That once you pick it up you are really reluctant to put it down. Well rounded relatable characters, wonderful writing, great plot twists. This is a thoroughly entertaining story.

by Tara

This book turned out to be very different than I expected but in all of the best ways. Despite having a supernatural ability, I found Scout highly relatable. This book was heartbreaking at times but in the most beautiful way. I found it impossible to stop once I started reading and would highly recommend it.

by Sephi

I have a love for YA murder mystery novels, and I have read so many, but this book is a first for me. The way the mystery comes about is unique, I’ve never read anything like it.

There are so many other storylines written into the novel that the main plot is hard to distinguish. It feels like a naturally written plot line - so much so that the author makes Scout’s talent believable. She is a great character, strong but not to a point that it makes her difficult to relate to. All throughout the narrative, we hear what she perceives as her weaknesses/strengths and as the reader you definitely root for her.

It’s a really beautifully written book, a little predictable at times, but enjoyable all the same. I felt that the plot is rushed along quite a bit at the beginning of the novel, the introduction of Molly as a character in particular.

It kept me in suspense and you really don’t guess who the killer is going to be though it’s hidden in plain sight.

Read this book in a few days, it’s tense enough to keep you reading but not too intense that it gets difficult to read.

Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA books - a couple of love stories, murders, mystery and some deeper themes too.

by Harriett

The premise of SCOUT was actually pretty interesting and engaging, not something I would usually read. Dementia, a murder and other various issues that faced the book gave it a lot of twists and turns, many that I didn't really see coming. Loved the writing :)

by Elsa

This book is so unique and personally I find so hard to categorise because I don’t want to do it any injustice and pigeon hole it in any way whatsoever. It’s part murder mystery, part coming of age and completely heartbreaking. I mean ugly crying - but the best kind.

Scout is a seventeen year old girl whom is the sole carer for her mum whom has early onset dementia. She is also extremely talented at finding things that are lost...even people.

Although this novel is in the YA category I can’t recommend it highly enough to EVERYONE. It’s a beautifully written story that is as much a fast paced thriller as it is a beautiful coming of age story intertwined with a love letter to those whom care for their parents and family members with debilitating illness. A read that will stay with you long after the final page.

by Leah

I really liked this book. Scout is a 17 year old girl who graduated high school early and is working in a coffee shop while supporting her mum who has dementia. Scout (and her mum) have a talent for finding lost things. This is put to good use when a child goes missing. I enjoyed Scout's story and found myself emotionally invested especially when she encounters Social Services. I surprised myself by reading this book in one evening - I had put it off because the blurb sounded a bit heavy - but I really enjoyed it. Definitely recommended. I will be seeking out more from this author.

by Pam

I found this to be a good read. I liked how it gave you an inner monologue of Scouts thoughts, especially surrounding her mom. Good twists but not too many. Overall a good read and kept me interested throughout.

by Lauren

SCOUT has a great mix of crime, mental illness, and emotions. It's a YA book, so It may not be the target audience, but I was enthralled with this book. I couldn't it down once I started!

by Kade

Sanjiv Lingard

Sanjiv Lingard has family in Blackpool and Bangalore, and makes his living in New York City. SCOUT is his first novel.

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