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Friday 6 December 2019

Review: The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake

Imogen is a successful social media influencer. Her daily posts rake in lots of perks as well as money. She appears to her fans to have the perfect life. They adore her; want to be her. 

All this is added to her day job – her other life - as marketing analyst for a leading company. But she hides dark secrets that play no part in the life she shares online.

Hannah is grieving but simultaneously relieved at the death of her bi-polar mother who she cared for. 

An intelligent and gifted school magazine reporter, she investigates a tip that exposes corruption at school – something she should have left alone. She is punished and banished to Iceland where her father now resides.  There she takes on a position as junior reporter on his paper.

The lives of these two girls become intertwined through a murder that takes place within a few hours of Hannah’s arrival in Iceland. Her instincts send her on another investigation which will change both girls’ lives, and that will finally see the disintegration of Imogen’s darkness.

This is a fantastic mystery with two brilliant and intelligent young women as protagonists. Many controversial issues are spun into the story. The dangers of online platforms and how they have the power to influence peoples’ lives, is a strong current throughout the storyline. The misuse of power by people in places of authority and the subversive way they go about using those powers is perfectly portrayed.  This incorporates the world of politicians and their secret ways of manipulating things to their benefit. It also addresses how victims of violation are forced into silent purgatory by their perpetrators due to their status which protects them.

Title: The Sharp End of a Snowflake
Author: Sif Sigmarsdottir
Publisher: Hachette, $16.99
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781444935301
For ages: 15+
Type: Young Adult Fiction