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Saturday 27 January 2018

Review: Rain Fall

Fifteen-year-old Annie lives in a rain-forsaken community in New Zealand that relies on mining. Dampness invades every aspect of their lives as does the threat of the mine's closure.

When the police cordon off her neighbour's property, she sits wondering if the boy who saved her life once is still alive. When his house explodes, the mystery deepens. Did he cause the devastation or is he a victim?

The police investigation that ensues brings new people into her life, including a cute guy on a horse.

Ella West's first novel Night Vision was a crime fiction about a girl whose nickname was 'Vampire' because she couldn't go out in sunlight. It intrigued from beginning to end.

Rain Fall takes things up a notch. The never-ending rain fills each page with a quiet dread, while Annie's lack of observation skills has me wanting to shake her at times. Then there's the boy with the horse. Who exactly is he? What does he really want?

Without knowing why, Annie spins a web of not-quite lies: she just doesn't tell the whole truth. With every step, she draws herself closer to danger. I know she does.

The not-knowing exactly what was going on compelled me to devour Rain Fall's pages but there was a problem. I reached the end far too quickly and was left hungry for more.

Rain Fall. There's action, mystery, murder and love.You won't be able to put it down.

Title: Rain Fall
Author: Ella West
Publisher: Allen & Unwin , $16.99
Publication Date: 2 January 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: b9781760296834
For ages: 11 to 15 years
Type: Young Adult Fiction