George and Lennie dream of running their own record store, equipped with purchases of vinyl records from Op Shops and on-line. To this end, they arrive at the Old Ship Inn to start work and save their money; George as DJ and at the bar, and Lennie doing odd jobs. Before they go to the Inn, George points out to Lennie a safe haven in case of trouble.
George again is Lennie’s protector. There’s no shortage of challenges connected to suspect actions by the pub’s owner Billy, his son Boxer and his beautiful wife, and Danny, another employee.
These interesting characters are added to enough mystery to keep the reader involved. Having read and adored the original story, I could anticipate each scene. For those who haven’t yet read the original, this will be a journey into themes of sacrifice, the many sides of love, and the choices that we make depending on our need, conscience, loyalty and sense of duty.
Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Anne Cassidy
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $13.99 RRP
Publication Date: May 2016
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult Fiction