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    mysterious

    This is one of those books that is hard to write a snippet of because you don’t want to give anything away, but I’ll try. Our narrator is Seventeen-Year-Old Peter Blankman. Peter has anxiety issues, he’s a maths genius and constantly attacked by the school bully. When he has a bad ‘episode’ he eats and if he can’t find food he eats whatever is to hand, this is how we begin the story with Peter sat in the larder at home with blood pouring from his mouth being comforted by his mum. Anabel (Bel) is Peter’s twin sister, she is older than Peter by eight minutes and those eight minutes mean everything to her. She is his ‘big’ sister. She is also his protector and low and behold the school bully if he attacks Peter whilst she is around. Their mum, Dr. Blankman is a genius scientist working for a government agency. She has been nominated for an award and the twins are at the ceremony with her when Peter suffers from a massive panic attack and runs away, the next thing he knows is that a woman who states she works with his mother is trying to calm him down, his mum is on the floor bleeding from a stab wound and his sister is missing. He doesn’t trust anyone but if he’s going to find out what the hell is happening he’s going to have to rely on himself and his numbers skills. This is a book that plays with your mind and you do wonder if what you are reading is true or not, not helped by the fact that on the front of the book is the line ‘This story is a lie’. Peter is a near perfect narrator. His voice comes across strong and I found myself instantly liking him. He is quirky, a little nerdy and has lots of issues, mentally. The book is written in alternating chapters from the past and the present, starting six years before now and moving forward in time, getting closer to the present as you read. I’m not often a fan of this type of book, but this worked really well and you always knew which time period you were in. As the plot thickens, mysteries unravel and the many twists and turns in the plot begin to unfold. At times I was left stunned and then more importantly left with an urge to find out more and carry on reading. All I will say is that you will get to the end and think back about what you have just read and shake you head in disbelief. This is a book not to be missed, no matter how weird, eccentric and wacky it is.
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