'I'm good at secrets,' Libby says. Yes, thinks Jessica, I bet you are ...Jessica should have everything to make her happy: a loving husband, a growing reputation as a jewellery designer, hope for a family of her own in the future.
Then she meets Libby - flattering, attentive - and believes she has found the friendship she missed out on as a child.
Until Jessica catches her husband and Libby alone, heads together in whispered collusion.
With her life unravelling, Jessica flees home to the seaside town where she grew up.
The discovery of an old postcard among her childhood belongings sends Jessica in search of her first love, Thomas, 'the ghost boy' who disappeared one night seventeen years ago.
The last time Jessica saw Thomas he was covered in blood and begging her to hide him.
Now to find him, Jessica must confront the secrets that link her to Libby, the missing boy and a brutal murder.
Jellybird, a dark, unsettling novel of childhood secrets, is the remarkable debut from Lezanne Clannachan.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 14/03/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781409126577
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Review by teresa1953
Jessica seems to have it all. A loving partner, a successful business and life is treating her well. However, her past is more complictated, but it seems she has risen above it. Part of that past is the boy she fell in love with when she was 14 years old. Thomas disappeared one day and was never found again. His brother's boat was found scuppered and Thomas is presumed drowned. Jessica has never forgotten him and is haunted by his disappearance, particularly as she was the last person to see him alive. Then, covered it dirt and blood, he arrived at ther mother's caravan park pleading with Jessica to hide him.Then Libby turns up in her life and, mysteriously, Libby seems to be whispering and conspiring with Jacques, Jessica's husband. Libby keeps asking loaded questions about Jessica's past which arouses more suspicion. Is she more than she seems?This dark story moves between the past and the present, charting the last few weeks before Thomas's disappearance and the ghastly hold his evil father had over him. The dirt and the blood? There has also been a murder back then... a man who had attacked Jessica has been killed. Was it Thomas? Local gossip says it was, but Jessica has never been convinced and Jessica has a sneaking suspicion that Thomas is still alive.This is a fast paced and compelling thriller which doesn't let up. An enjoyable read.