Red Snow

Red Snow

by Larraine Susan Harrison

Overview: 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.

Carole Zwicker (02/09/19): 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.
Rating: ****

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