Author(s): N. D. Gomes
Dark contemporary YA following a murder mystery on Orkney that fans of 13 Reasons Why will devour.
Olivia disappeared the night the blackbird died.
It was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fourteen year old Alex McCarthy's sister Olivia went missing from a party.
Committed to finding out what happened to her sister, within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated Detective Inspector Birkens is her best shot.
Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia's last night, Alex starts to find things she may be better off never knowing...
Praise for N.D. Gomes `At its searing best the novel demonstrates how the perpetrator of a despicable act can still be loved, forgiven and very missed' Financial Times `A very important book [...] a powerful book that will stay with you.' Culturefly `An exceptional novel on a controversial and relevant subject today.' The Bookbag `An incredibly moving, heartfelt and thought-provoking novel' Black Plume `A gripping, eye-opening YA novel that I wish I could put in everyone's hands.' Pretty Little Memoirs `You know this book is going to go straight to your heart and rip a little bit of it out.' Long Story Short `If you're after a truly thought-provoking book this is well worth a read.' Bibliowormed `Utterly heartbreaking and so beautifully written.' Goodreads reviewer `Such a clever book.' Book Angel Booktopia `Very well written, and tackles a tough subject well' - First News
N.D. Gomes graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Media & Journalism Studies, and went on to receive her Master's degree in Education in the US. She currently works in a public school system to increase educational opportunities for students with special needs. She divides her time between the US and Scotland, but hopes to spend more time at her cottage in Hay-on-Wye in Wales.