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Published by Faber & Faber, 16
October 2014. ISBN 978-0-571-30743-2
In 1995 when Claire Cooper was eight, her mother took Claire from door to
door at Hop-tu-naa (the name of Halloween
on the Isle of Man). That night Claire’s mother disappeared.
At fourteen, Claire is still struggling to come to terms with her mother’s
disappearance. She is invited by a fellow
schoolgirl, Rachel, to join her and 4 others who mark every Hop-tu-naa by performing dares.
The first dare is harmless:
they drive to a remote part of the island, hide themselves in woods. They are
dared to stand with eyes closed and accept what happens. Clair feels a hand
brush across her chest.
Each year one of the group
suggests another dare, but eventually a
something goes dreadfully wrong. The group breaks up and the future changes for
each of them.
Six years later; one of the
friends is killed on Hop-tu-naa in an apparent accident. But Claire, now a
police officer, has her doubts when she sees a footprint at the scene.Another Hop-tu-naa brings another death and
another footprint, Claire becomes convinced that somebody is seeking vengeance.
But who? And which of the friends might be next? Can she to stop the killer?
The book starts in the
present; Clair is searching a derelict cottage at night. The date is 31st
October 2014, Hop-tu-naa. The timeframe moves from present-day to 2001 to 2003
The plot is tight. The novel
is expertly written and the reader is drawn into Claire’s world with excellent
descriptive writing and sense of place.
Reviewer: Sue Lord
Ewan was born in Taunton in 1976,
Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in
American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a
lawyer. He is an award-winning British author of eight novels. Chris was voted
one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll. He now
lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, daughter and labrador, where he writes
You can can also get in touch with Chris on Twitter
originally studied Fine Art and Art History, her MA is in Creative Writing. She
now, revues, teaches, mentors and script doctors. She lives in central London and Cornwall.
Her favourite pastime is gardening.