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Truth or Dare Paperback – 9 Jun 2000
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Truth or Dare is a dynamic and at times disturbing novel by Celia Rees--an author who has a particular talent for grasping on to the unknown and developing characters and plots which work together so superbly that the reader finds himself lost in a world that once seemed unbelievable but suddenly becomes all too real.
In Truth or Dare, Josh finds himself lost in the centre of a family crisis when he is whisked away to stay at his dying grandmother's house for the summer. With a combination of haunting and worry driving him to find something to occupy his time and his mind, he begins to delve into his own family history and discovers that the man who, had he lived, would have been his Uncle Patrick, died in mysterious circumstances as a teenager. With his family refusing to talk about it, and only local gossip and an abandoned room filled with strange possessions that once belonged to Patrick, he starts to peel back the layers of his family's life until he is faces with the ultimate, shocking, truth.
Truth or Dare is a thoroughly gripping novel which uses an intriguing device to unfurl the story--Josh himself is seen digging into the past, but his mother, Joanna, looks back on the her youth and for the first time confronts the reality of what happened to her family through the pages of her journal.
A fascinating book that is fast-paced and thrilling to the core, Truth or Dare is truly unforgettable. Age 11 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
A room of secrets in a house of lies....
When Josh explores his grandmother's house he finds an attic up a closed-off staircase. In it is a collection of strange drawings by his uncle, Patrick, who died suddenly in his teens. But he has no grave, and his name is never spoken.
And Josh begins to uncover the dark truth his family has hidden for forty years.....
'Truth or Dare doesn't let up - and hits you with a final twist.' Daily Telegraph
'An unsettling, unputdownable mystery.' TES
'A moving book.' The Times
'Cecila Rees recounts a terrible human tragedy.' Children's Book of the Week, Guardian
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The book gives the impression it's mainly about Josh, but I think the main plot is more about Joanna, Patrick, Paul and the others, and Josh was just a way to allow the readers to find out what happened all those years ago. It's keeps you guessing throughout the whole book and although it was slow to start and a bit boring at times, it is an amazing read and worth reading.
It's about a boy (Josh) who has to spend his summer at his sick grans house, but while he's there, he notices strange things, like a nailed up window, photo's with a missing person, a suitcase filled with old memories, but all seemed to be linked to one person in particular, and that person died years ago at the age of 13 and has not been spoken of since.
But soon Josh starts to unravel the mystery and when the truth finally came out I felt my surprise as much as Josh must have.
It is a great read, definatley worth borrowing, if not buying but you will want to read it time and time again, because you will definatley miss things out the first time which you wouldn't be able to understand without reading the whole book. It gives an insight to what life was like in the past and how some people don't want to find the reason behind mental disabilities, just a cure.
The only thing that let it down was that it was a bit boring and unbelievable at times (gets cleared up at the end) but other than that, perfect!
I enjoyed this story but at times I found it a little predictable, I was enjoying it enough to carry on reading and wanted to find out what had happened in the past, as it was clear that there were hidden secrets to be unearthed. I loved the developing friendship between Josh and Katherine the young lady who he developed a crush on that lived next door to his Grandma. I did think the end was a little rushed though and would have loved to have found out a bit more but I suppose it leaves it uo to us the reader to decide what happened in the future.
It just goes to show how times have changed with the way children with Aspergers and autistic tendencies are looked after.
Celia Rees uses a very clever plot to uncover the secret of Uncle Patrick that will particularly appeal to young adults but I also found it thrilling too, yet the story also delivers an important message. A message about how far people will go to cover up things that they consider shameful. From descriptions of Uncle Patrick it becomes clear that he has Aspergers - but this story goes back to the 50s when people were ignorant and suspicious of anyone who was 'different'.
A really masterful piece of storytelling - fast, suspenseful and thrilling
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