The Dead House

The Dead House

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Highly Commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2010.

Lauren and her aunt and uncle are returning to London after years living away in Cornwall. For Lauren it is a return to the sight of a terrible family tragedy and a house full of ghosts. When she was six years old her mum and little sister were murdered in their home ... and Lauren's dad was put in prison for the crime. Now she is living a stone's throw from her old house, and despite her trepidation, Lauren is curious to know who lives there now, and how the house will make her feel. When she becomes friendly with Nathan, the son of the new owners, she finds herself back at the scene of so many nightmares...of memories, but also of things forgotten. Lauren blocked out a lot of that fateful day, but now that she's older, things are coming back to her...things that could mean her dad is innocent, not guilty of murder. After all these years of hating him Lauren now faces the prospect of loving her dad once again. But is it that easy?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 18mm | 188g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340932287
  • 9780340932285
  • 458,209

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A tough story... but only too plausible. Gripping. * Carousel * Cassidy's challenging fiction never sidesteps difficult issues. * Daily Mail * 'This is a successful psychological thriller that gallops along.' * Daily Telegraph * The writing is assured and eftly paced... a wry glance at the moral values of modern society. ***** * Books For Keeps * I love how it was an epistolary psychological thriller because it made the story move quickly. There was no shortage of plot twists, specifically near the end. It's a book which will haunt you long after you've finished reading it. I want to read more books by this author because I want to see what psychological plot twists and turns she comes up with next * * A successful psychological thriller that gallops along * The Daily Telegraph * Gripping * Carousel * Cassidy is perceptive and convincing * School Librarian * The writing is assured and deftly paced...a subtly, maturely handled love interst and a wry glance at the moral values of modern society * Books for Keeps * Cassidy's challenging fiction never sidesteps difficult issues * The Daily Mail *
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About Anne Cassidy

Anne Cassidy has an established reputation in the world of young adult fiction. She has published several titles for Scholastic, including the East End Murders series for Point Crime as well as her stand alone novels, Talking to Strangers and the Hidden Child, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 1998. Looking for JJ, published in 2004 has received great acclaim and been shortlisted for many of the major awards, The Guardian Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal included, and was winner of the 2004 Booktrust Teenage Prize Award. Anne draws closely on her background and adolesence growing up in East London for her novels, and always writes about issues and characters that are close to her heart. She lives in London with her husband and son.
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4 38% (103)
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2 7% (18)
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