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Review of BEYOND by GRAHAM McNAMEE

BLURB

Jane is not your typical teen. She and her best friend Lexi call themselves the Creep Sisters.

Only Lexi knows why Jane is different from anyone else: Her own shadow seems to pull her into near-fatal accidents. Jane is determined to find out why these terrifying things happen, and to overcome her shadow enemy.

But her sleuthing with Lexi connects her own horrors to the secret history of a serial killer …

REVIEW

Genre: YA, mystery, ghosts, couldn’t put down, tense
Rating: 5 wings

To review this book I would have to use a thesaurus and even then I may run out of adjectives!
I sat down to read ‘Beyond’ and realised that 2 hours later I was in the same position but I had finished the book! ‘Beyond’ has a mature plot, yet is chilling, startling and mysterious.
Jane has suffered another injury at the beginning of the story – this time with a nail gun. The reader is to discover that this is one of several of such ‘accidents’ and this time she has to visit a counsellor. However Jane and her best friend Lexi know that she didn’t fire the nail gun into her head or drink bleach – it was her jealous shadow! And the girls intend to find out why, but in doing so they uncover links to a missing children case being investigated by Jane’s dad, who is a local policeman.
The characters of Jane and Lexi are fun and full of humanity. I instantly liked the two of them because of their empathy but also their humorous outlook on life. Their friendship is strong and they are honest which are qualities which are transcendent of gender, meaning that ‘Beyond’ would appeal to all fans of the YA genre.
Graham McNamee is an astute author who uses first person narrative to add to the atmosphere of the story, this building mystery and tension – and creating a stronger relationship between the main protagonist and the reader; which is vital as Jane is generally alone during her experiences.
I would urge all fans of YA to read ‘Beyond’. I know I am going to be looking for more of Graham McNamee’s work.
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