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Monday 4 May 2020

Review: The Book Of Chance

A TV camera crew arrive at the run-down home Chance shares with her mum Nadia. They are there to film a Makeover arranged by Chance, to acknowledge all the work Nadia does with refugees. Meanwhile Nadia is whisked away by a friend for the day.

Amos, the investigative reporter, needs the story behind the story. Chance brings him three books that mum has been journalising since her birth, so Amos can get an intimate picture of their family. The books were written for Chance by her mum. They contain information on the life of Nadia, Chance and Dad Steve, an emergency ward nurse who died in a fire just before she was born.

But it is revealed that Amos is the reporter who was at the scene of the fire that killed Steve.
While researching his files, he comes up with the photographs taken at that time which he shares with Chance.

What Chance notices in those photographs, contradicts everything she has lived for thirteen years. Her mother has been lying to her. Who is Chance? Who is her mother?

Her life shatters. As Nadia refuses to answer her questions,  Chance is forced to find things out for herself with the help of Amos.

What is uncovered becomes an avalanche that threatens to bury both Nadia and Chance. When the truth is finally revealed, Chance must find the courage to dig her way out of the rubble and reform her life.

This incredible novel will tie you in knots from the first page. Engrossing and superbly crafted, the  longing to quickly turn the pages and find out what has happened will keep you riveted. There’s no way you can put it down till the end!

The Book of Chance was inspired by a real crime that took place in 1998 but wasn’t solved until 19 years later.

Issues that surface are: the reality of the frequent destructive nature of social media and how people lie to protect the ones they love. The focus on how far a person will go to get what they long for in life, allows the reader to determine if their actions are justified.

Title: The Book of Chance
Author: Sue Whiting
Publisher: Walker Books, $17.99
Publication Date: April 1, 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760651367
For ages: 12+
Type: Fiction

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