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Best so far!,
This review is from: Quarry (Paperback)
I have read all of Ally Kennen's earlier books and this is definitely the one I have enjoyed most.
I found Scrappy's unusual family life interesting. I loved the fact that his parents had started bringing up their children while living in the cabin of a wrecked aircraft! Mum had left the family just before the story starts, so Scrappy and his sister are living with Dad, who is a depressed workaholic and even sleeps at his desk, and Grandad who is slowly going senile. In contrast his friend Silva's life with his hippy, artist parents seems quite normal. Scrappy starts receiving weird dares by text message from an anonymous sender and, thinking they are being sent by someone in his class, he finds himself carrying out the instructions - and strangely, earning some money for doing it. The denouement is tragic. Long hidden secrets are revealed and the family will never be the same again.
The imagery is quite bleak. The school is closed due to a cockroach infestation, but it's almost devoid of pupils anyway as it is about to be demolished. The scrap yard is, unsurprisingly full of wrecked cars, the quarry is deserted - no longer even the place where children gather, there is also a disused tower and it is always raining! In spite of all this, I really liked the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a mystery.