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Dark Ride [Paperback]

Caroline Green
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Book Description

1 May 2011
A mysterious boy. A haunting secret ...

A shiver crawled up my spine. It felt like the loneliest place in the world. For a second
I thought I caught a snatch of music in the air, but it was just the wind whistling
through cracks in the fairground hoardings.
My instincts screamed, `Run away, Bel! Run away and never return!'
But instead my fingers closed around the ticket in my pocket. ADMIT ONE.

Bel has never met anyone like Luka. And the day she follows him into the abandoned fairground, she is totally unprepared for the turn her life is about to take.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Piccadilly (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848121385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848121386
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Full of tension, mystery and real-life drama, Dark Ride is not to be missed." --Chicklish


"From the minute the book started I was pulled in and couldn't put it down …The main story was the love affair between Luka and Bel. However, there are two back stories, Bel's dad and Lili, which add to the overall feel of the story. There were moments that were breathtaking, the fall off the rollercoaster and Bel in the Dolphin Marina. …Dark Ride is a book that I will be reading again. As a first novel, Caroline Green has started well …one to watch in the future. A much earned and deserved 5/5 although I would give it more if I could!" - Back of the Book Reviews

"Gripping, fast paced and full of anticipation …for anyone who loves friendship, romance and mystery, this is a must-read!" - Marianna, Crème Magazine New Zealand

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tense and atmospheric 2 May 2011
Bel and her mother have moved to Slumpton, an English seaside town that has seen better days. Worse is that they've moved without Bel's father. Feeling angry and out-of-place, Bel begins to explore the grey town that she's sure she could never call home. Then a mysterious boy leads her to a disused fairground. Gradually, Bel gets to know the boy, Luka, and things start looking up for her. But who is Luka really, and what is the connection between him, the spooky fairground and Slumpton's dark secrets? And could Bel and Luka's relationship lead to problems... or even danger?

The setting of this novel is practically a character in its own right. Slumpton is so well described that I could picture it clearly, and I could feel the creepy atmosphere of the run-down fairground. Bel's sense of alienation and loneliness in her new town comes across equally vividly. I was drawn into her life from the first page and I felt for her and her family troubles. It's very understandable that she's attracted to the mysterious Luka, and I loved the tentative way their unlikely friendship developed and changed circumstances for both of them.

Full of tension, mystery and real-life drama, Dark Ride is not to be missed. Recommended for readers aged 10+.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairground attraction 19 May 2011
Caroline Green's Dark Ride is a supernatural thriller set in a broken down seaside town that could be anywhere. Anyone who knows the British coast at all knows those salty cafes that sell nescafe and those deserted fairgrounds where the wind blows rubbish through them. This is the stage for Dark Ride and Green gets it absolutely bang on. Sitting in deft layers on top of this are stories of heartbreaking teenage love, family break-ups, urban disintegration, and grown-up stuff like covert slave-labour rings. There's also a corking cameo of a guitar-playing Dad in a Ramones T-shirt who can never quite get anything right. I mention this because, as with the scenery, Green gets her characters absolutely spot on in ways that can be deeply moving. My favourite though is her irresistible heroine Bel, who despite being a typical gobby teenager, has real depth in her soul, a real conscience and a wonderful palette of jumbled-up but nonetheless deadly serious ethical values. In that respect Bel is Dark Ride because - without spoiling the plot - if we didn't care about her and her highly unorthodox love affair, this would just be another feisty young adult novel. But we find ourselves deeply involved in Bel's insecurities while Green wraps her splendid story telling around a robust moral centre. A truly lovely book in so many ways, not least that Green is a proper writer who, if there is any justice, will publish many more books like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, slightly creepy book! 23 Oct 2012
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't realise when I bought 'Dark Ride' that Bel, our main character, is only 14 and while it's a very sweet story, I think this book is definitly for younger readers. The part about Luka bing a ghost is obvious to the reader from the beginning but it doesn't take Bel very long to work it out. The problems she's going through with her mum and dad's seperation along with all the goings on with the fairground being torn down makes for an interesting enough plot. The characterisation is surprisingly good, Bel gets a bit teenage whiny and you want to hit her but in the end she grows on you. Luka is pretty likeable too and you feel sad by the ending!
I don't know whether I liked the ending or not, you can read for yourself though! I don't want to spoil it.
Not a bad book, interesting idea but to be honest 'Dark Ride' was just a nice easy read. I was through it in a couple of hours, strangely disappointed becaus I was expecting more from the rave reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story 15 May 2011
By SusanA
Dark Ride is a very clever ghost story with lots of extra interest! I loved the run-down seaside setting, and the descriptions of the scary abandoned fairground. Serious issues - family breakup, human trafficking, urban degeneration and Council corruption - are handled with a light, but deft, touch. And I was impressed by the tone and voice of main character Bel - stroppy, yet vulnerable - a totally believable teenager. I'd recommend this to readers of any age
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story with a moral! 16 Jan 2014
By Irene W
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book - what starts off as the tale of a silly schoolgirl complaining about having to move with her mother to a run down seaside town, turns into a fascinating ghost story when Bel meets Luka, falls for him and helps him bring the people who caused the death of him and his mother to justice. Intriguing and well written!
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3.0 out of 5 stars dark ride 8 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
someone recommended this to me but afraid I didn't enjoy as much as some of the other books I have received on amazon kindle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 Nov 2013
By anita69
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really good read. Can't wait for next book. Recommend reading if you like suspense. Very good storyline and use of language
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Ride: Bell and Luka 15 Oct 2013
By Tyfish
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has everything a young teen wants; a girl worse of then urself, a weird but by the end cute boy and a mystery. A fast read good for relaxing or short journeys and will make u think and cry at the same time!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A nice easy read, probably best suited to young teenagers as i felt it was a little young for me
Published 10 months ago by La
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost story
Enjoyed this kindle book. Good old fashioned, in a modern way, ghost story Would look out for more of her stories.
Published 10 months ago by Pearl Doris Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Really enjoyed the book although I guessed the plot fairly early on. It was easy to feel the anger Bel had against the world given what was going on in her life.
Published 10 months ago by Kate Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Captivating
I found the idea of this novel really intriguing and was really glad to give it a go. Bel and her mother seem less than happy in the uninspiringly named seaside town of Slumpton... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by bethanchloe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and an intriguing mystery.
I really liked this one. Caroline Green managed to capture my attention from the first chapter - it's fun, has great characters and an intriguing mystery. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Sammee, I Want To Read That
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, don't miss out!
Dark Ride is only a little book, at just under 200 pages l thought this book would be a nice little quick average read. Dark Ride is actually so much more than that! Read more
Published on 23 July 2011 by Jodzie
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark and exciting ride
When Bel moves to the seaside town of Slumpton with her mother she isn't happy. She didn't want to leave her friends behind but worse of all her father hasn't come with them. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Ride


The story is based on a girl who moves to Slumpton who finds a mysterious boy who is a ghostly figure. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by brianh89
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