Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal'. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have had to become much more than simply brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences . . .
‘How can something so wrong feel so right?’
A book which tackles the biggest taboo of all.
FRENCH EDITION OUT 2017
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and lituanian editions out now.
Nominated for German book award: Jugendliteraturpreis 2012
Winner of the Premio Speciale Cariparma for European Literature 2011
At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all.
He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and most importantly, is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been the envy of those around him . . .
Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster. Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever...
UK, German and Danish editions out now.
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2014