At the Lake


Jill Harris

HarperCollins, $19.99

Award-winning children's fiction writer Jill Harris' latest offering, At the Lake, is a young adult mystery set in New Zealand.

The story centres around two young brothers on their summer holidays with their granddad.

While there are some family dynamic issues to be resolved, which provide a back story to unfold, the real mystery begins. New residents have moved in nearby, and the happy lakeside playground has become strangely sinister.

The story moves along at a reliable pace, building suspense until the action-packed climax. At just under 200 pages long, it is light enough to hold the attention of 10 to 14-year-olds, and has enough excitement to satisfy.

Young readers may also relate to the reflective coming of age issues that run alongside the main story.

The Timaru Herald