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on 8 February 2011
YA thriller isn't a genre I've read a lot of, as there just doesn't seem to be many out there. I like thrillers, though - suspense and scares are high on my list of 'likes', and I'm happy to have found a new author with a backlist of titles for me to wade through. Quarry is Ally Kennen's latest offering - as well as the first of her books I've read - and I liked it.
I didn't know what to expect when I started Quarry. What I ended up getting was a fast-paced, chilling story of dares and boundaries, with an underlying message of just how far would you go? Main character Scrappy lives with his father and sister, along with his slightly batty grandad who thinks bad people called 'Geebos' exist and are out to get him. Grandad Ted provided much of the book's humour, and he was my favourite character. I liked his impulsiveness and his ability to ignore those around him - getting old and finding your mind deteriorating isn't by any means a fun thing to go through, but the way Ted deals with it is fairly light and easy to read.
Although I sympathised with Scrappy and his situation, I never became as attached to him as I would have liked. He was a bit too much of a mystery for me to completely get inside his head, and I also had some trouble believing he wouldn't have involved an adult when strange, dangerous text messages started appearing on his phone. I'd be too scared to not talk to someone about it, though maybe that's just me!
Quarry is tense and genuinely chilling, with a conclusion that never even occurred to me. Honestly, I think I've been born without the gene to work things out. It never, ever happens! In this case, at least I was as gobsmacked as Scrappy was, and I experienced the shock at the same time he did. I'm interested in reading more of Ally Kennen's books, as they appeal to my jumpy, thriller-loving side. A refreshing read with a sinister twist, Quarry isn't for those of a nervous disposition!