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Shiver the Whole Night Through - Darragh McManus

Shiver the Whole Night Through

Paperback Published: 1st November 2014
ISBN: 9781471404092
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 16+ years old

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After months of bullying and romantic heartbreak, seventeen-year-old Aidan Flood feels just about ready to end it all.

But when he wakes up one morning to find that local beauty and town sweetheart Slaine McAuley has actually done just that, he discovers a new sense of purpose and becomes determined to find out what happened to her.

The town is happy to put it down to suicide, but one night Aidan gets a message, scratched in ice on his bedroom window: 'I didn't kill myself.' Who is contacting him? And if Slaine didn't end her own life ...who did?

About the Author

Darragh McManus is an author, journalist, playwright and screenwriter. Shiver the Whole Night Throughis his first Young Adult book, but he has previously published two adult crime novels: Even Flow (2012) and noir-style mystery The Polka Dot Dot Girl (2013). For more than a decade Darragh has written reviews, features and opinion columns for several papers, including the Irish Independent, Sunday Times and Guardian. Several short stories have appeared in literary journals across Ireland, the UK and US, and he's also written a play, which will be recorded for radio broadcast this year. Darragh lives in the west of Ireland and is currently working on some new YA stories.

Dark and eerie, this is the perfect noir read. * Woman's Way *
I'm no young adult, but really enjoyed this. It's full of tension and intrigue, and grips from the word go. It cleverly combines the supernatural with important teenage themes. Aidan is a good hero: cool, bright, real. You don't want to stop reading. It'd be no surprise if this becomes a series - I hope so. * Irish News *
A thrilling murder mystery with a supernatural edge... Aidan is intelligent, witty and relatable. As a standalone novel it works perfectly well but that's not to say I don't want more - there's a lot more to come in Aidan and Slaine's story. * Requiem for Readers *
A captivatingly dark read, which is impossible to put down. * Image *

I walked on, and after a few minutes saw police tape around a tree, marking the area off: Do Not Enter. The tree was a monstrous thing, gnarled, ancient-looking. Unlike most of the plants in Shook, this wasn't evergreen but deciduous, possibly oak - I never could tell the difference.

It stood off the path, ten yards in. I tossed my cigarette, put down my bag and hiked over. There was no indication that something terrible had happened here - except for the tape, you'd never suspect. The body hadn't made a shape in the ground. The leaves and dirt weren't scuffed up.

It was just... a tree. A place. A boring spot of ground. Except... a place where the worst thing in the world had happened to one girl.

I sent up another prayer for Sláine, then turned around to go home - and my bag was gone. I literally jumped in fright. What...? I glanced around: nobody, nothing to be seen, only those impenetrable rows of trees. But my bag, I'd left it right there, directly opposite, a few steps away. Someone had moved it.

I made to walk back to the dirt path, hesitated, started again. I reached the path and looked left and right and nothing. My heart rate clicked up a notch. I gulped and felt something without a name tickle the back of my neck. I looked right once more, towards the main road, and finally spotted it resting against a tree trunk, hard to see in the gathering dusk.

I flung the bag over my shoulder and thought it through. I was sure I'd left it closer to where Sláine was found, but clearly I was mistaken. I'd left it here all along. But man, I was so sure of where I'd put that bag...

I looked around and around, knowing I wouldn't see anyone. There was nowhere for them to hide, and no one else here. I shrugged it off and hit for home, leaving the forest a little faster than I'd arrived.

ISBN: 9781471404092
ISBN-10: 1471404099
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 16+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 2.2  x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.28