by Ella West (Allen & Unwin, RRP $19):
Award-winning Mosgiel-based author, Ella West, was born in Invercargill and studied at the University of Otago.
In her new thriller for younger readers, 14-year-old Viola has a genetic condition whereby the sun is dangerous, Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Viola’s “living”, therefore, is done at night.
She lives on a farm inland from Ashburton and goes for walks through the neighbouring forestry area most nights after dark wearing night vision goggles.
One night she witnesses a terrible crime and her knowledge puts her family in danger. This should be a non-story as any sane person would call the police but, let’s face it, Viola is living life on the edge anyway.
Excellent fiction for young teens. Well told and highly recommended.