By: Rebecca James
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 Oct 2014
ISBN: 9781743319239


Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff. Suicide.

That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes. Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal.

Are those friends - and enemies - what they seem?

Who is hiding a dangerous secret?

And will the truth set them all free?

A gripping new novel from the author of Beautiful Malice and Sweet Damage.


Cooper Bartholomew’s body is found at the foot of a cliff. Suicide? But Libby, his girlfriend, doesn’t believe that.

This is a suspense filled thriller that looks at the build up to Cooper’s death in the ‘Then’ section and the aftermath in the ‘Now’ section, as seen through the eyes of the four main characters Cooper, Libby, his best friend Sebastian and his ex-girlfriend Claire.

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that there are so many plots twists that I didn't see the ending coming. Rebecca James, whose Beautiful Malice I loved, has written another superb thriller that delves deeply into the characters, their thoughts, problems and foibles are picked at until they bleed.

I highly recommend this book to older secondary students 16+ but I will stress that it is not for everyone. It contains sex scenes and drug taking as part of the life of the characters, although it also shows the unfavourable consequences of their actions.

Reviewed by Rob