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Monday, 28 April 2014

REVIEW: Flashes - Tim O'Rourke

Monday, 28 April 2014
PAGES: 416
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
FORMAT: Hardback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

Charley has visions: flashes of things she can't explain. A girl in trouble. The sound of trains in her head. She feels certain they are clues to a crime. But no one will believe her. Until she meets Tom, a young policeman on his first case: an accidental death on railway tracks, not far from where Charley lives. Their attraction is instant, but can they discover what has happened? Accident, suicide or murder:and will it happen again?

My favourite genres of YA and crime are perfectly blended in "Flashes". The novel jumps straight into the action of the story without need for unnecessary build up of the characters, and Charley is an immediately likeable character. As her flashes coincide with bad things happening, and once she has met PC Henson, the pace ramps up even further as they desperately try and work out who is the baddie behind the killings. 

The novel is well plotted, with little clues hidden throughout the text, and if you get to the the end without knowing who the killer is it will be a great twist! I guessed really early on who the killer was but that didn't detract from my enjoyment, I loved seeing how the story would play out and noticing all the red herrings that were put in front of me as a reader. It's a really clever balance between a crime thriller and a supernatural story - it's written in such a way that I wholeheartedly believed that Charley's flashes were real! 

A great story, although I would say don't read it whilst your spending the day getting trains and tubes around London like I did - I was terrified someone was going to push me in front of them!

- Gem.

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