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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.

Silent Saturday
By Helen Grant

The cover of this book has a haunting Gothic quality to it which is just brilliant. This book quite frankly stands out among so many others with its visual appeal. And then there is the story!

“Seventeen-year-old Veerle is frustrated with life in suburban Brussels. But a chance encounter with a hidden society, whose members illegally break into unoccupied buildings around the city, soon opens up a whole new world of excitement—and danger.

When one of the society’s founding members disappears, Veerle suspects foul play. But nothing can prepare her for the horror that is about to unfold when an old foe emerges from the shadows… No one is safe, and The Hunter will strike again…”
Random House New Zealand
Sounds a perfect read for those who love a bit of horror and thriller all rolled up into one. This is definitely one to put on my list. The trailer has a certain creepiness to it which adds to the sense of growing suspense.