"Has you laughing and crying at the same time. You despair at people's prejudice. But then there are people who make you believe in humanity again. I can't tell you what style Shine is written in. You just don't notice. It just feels perfect." (The Book Witch Bookwitch)
"There is a deftness of touch . . . This is a moving story about family secrets and the importance of communication and connection." (Jake Inky Droplets)
"Powerful central mystery . . . likeable and well-rounded characters . . . This story will suit a reasonably confident reader emotionally robust enough to appreciate an intense family thriller. If they also love an intriguing and well-realised contemporary setting, then they will thoroughly enjoy SHINE." (serendipityreviews.co.uk)
From the Inside Flap
Monsters are in the eye of the beholder.
Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as their friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide . . .
As Rosa's social life blossoms, how will she seize the freedom to be who she really is?
From the author of the critically-acclaimed Tall Story comes a haunting, intense and moving novel which weaves myths and ghosts into a modern setting.
From the Back Cover
This is not a ghost story, though there are plenty of ghosts in it.
And it's not a horror story, though some people might be horrified.
It's not a monster story either, though there is a monster in it and that monster happens to be me.