by Tania Unsworth
Algonquin, 2018 (paperback)
I missed this book when it came out in hardcover in 2016, but am I glad that I finally caught up with it.
About to depart for a trip with her family, Caroline noticed that her doll's shoe had fallen off on the dock below. Not realizing that she had gone back to retrieve it, the skipper of the Everlasting pulled away from the dock.
But, of course, Caroline had survived. Her grandmother had picked her up from the dock and taken her home to Brightwood, the family mansion. Now many years have passed and Caroline lives alone with her daughter, Daisy. Daisy has never passed through the gates of Brightwood. Why should she? She and her mother have everything they need at Brightwood.
"The photographer's picture had been made large and filled almost the whole of the front page. There were words above it, written in thick black letters almost as big as Caroline's hand:
TRAGEDY AT SEA—FITZJOHN FAMILY LOST!
The massive explosion yesterday on board the Fitzjohn family yacht is believed to have been caused by engine failure. There are no survivors."
"Daisy listened as the sound of the car grew fainter and fainter and then disappeared. She curled back under the covers and closed her eyes. Wherever she was going, her mum would be back by eleven o'clock. She was never late."But this time, her mum didn't come back.
Brightwood is a middle-grade thriller with a strong female protagonist and a focus on mental illness. Adventurous readers will love it!
Read an excerpt from Brightwood here.
My copy of this book was provided by Workman Publishing