Review : Silent Saturday by Helen Grant @helengrantsays @RHNZ

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Secondary
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Finally had the chance to read this much anticipated book and I must say I was not disappointed. Thank goodness for holidays and sunshine to sit back and read. Only one complaint and that is I have to wait for book two be published.

Veerle is 17 and living in Brussels with her mother Claudine. Her mother is somewhat losing the plot and Veerle is becoming more and more frustrated with the life she is living under her mother’s suspicion and paranoia.
The prologue opens with a punch when Veerle is just a young child and sees something she shouldn’t. Fast forward ten years and a chance encounter takes her down a new road when she investigates a light in an abandoned building. There she meets Kris who invites her to become part of the Koekoeken (cuckoos) a secret society who break into empty properties. Rather than steal or vandalise the properties, they fix things up. Just little things like latches. The society is so secret most members don’t know of each other or their real identities. Then the bodies begin to pile up. Somewhere there is a serial killer and slowly Veerle is starting to connect the dots. The Hunter is watching, waiting and Veerle and Kris are next on the list.
This is definitely different (in a very good way), to most YA books. This is thriller, mystery, murder and even a little romance all rolled together. It is very well written with just enough clues to keep you guessing and hanging out to read the next chapter. It moves along at a steady pace, building tension and suspense as the bodies pile up. As I was approaching the end of the novel I sneaked a moment at work to read when work was quite. My work mate approached me to say something and I jumped and screamed out loud. (We both got the giggles) but I was so engrossed in the story I was right next to Veerle urging her to run. I love the way the Hunter has chapters of his own where we become witness to the murders. Now I have to wait for the next book. Grrr!
Check out the trailer on an earlier post.

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