Shine by Candy Gourlay

A twisted, scarred neck. Rendered mute. There is no denying that Rosa has the Calm. This disease will manacle her in the grip of confinement – because every single person on the island of Mirasol sees her as a monster.

Rosa desperately spends all her time online – her only glimpse of the tempestuous outside world. She meets a boy. A boy who takes heart-stopping photos of the island. Photos that look like they have been taken from her window. Their friendship is precious and unique. But when the two meet in a world that is not computer generated – everything could fall to pieces.

Secrets are made to be found out. The past is doomed to haunt the present. And it seems that friendships are made to be broken.

This book has an eerie, mysterious quality that is captured inside the pages and draws you in until you can’t stop reading. Every character is an enigma who lies and sneaks yet knows gasp-worthy secrets. The writing describes a weird world that seems to be wavering in the haze of a boundary between reality and unreality. This is what makes the story so unique and original. Commencing as what seems a story set in our world; a mute girl who finds ways to communicate online, the book rapidly dissolves into a weirdly wonderful tale of ghosts and diseases, of secrets and lies.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Shine by Candy Gourlay

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