Review: North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

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Title: North of Nowhere
Author: Liz Kessler
Publisher: Orion Children’s
Publication Date: 17 Jan 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction

When Mia’s grandfather mysteriously goes missing, Mia and her mother immediately rush down to stay with her grandmother and offer support. With no friends and no internet access in the little seaside village where her grandparents live, Mia is bored and lonely – until she makes friends with Dee, the daughter of a fisherman from a nearby island, and Peter, who is on holiday with his parents. Things are looking up until Dee is worried by a severe storm that doesn’t seem to exist for Mia. It’s almost as though the two friends are living in different worlds – or different times! Mia starts to investigate and begins to wonder – did her grandfather choose to leave, or is he lost in time?


“The sleepy village of Porthaven hides a mystery…. Mia’s granddad has vanished and nobody knows why. When Mia and her mum go to support her grandma, Mia makes friends with a local girl, Dee. But why does Dee seem so out of reach? Why does she claim to be facing violent storms when Mia sees only sunny skies? And can Mia solve the mystery and find her granddad before time and tide forever wash away his future?”

This is the first novel by Liz Kessler that I have read but I can tell you now it won’t be the last. This is a cracking mystery that races along at such a pace that sometimes you have to slow down to make sure you are reading it all properly. It follows Mia as she tries to unravel the disappearance of her granddad in the sleepy coastal village of Porthaven. With no friends she stumbles across a diary written by a girl her own age and they become friends although they never actually meet face to face. She does meet a boy called Peter who tries to help her meet up with Dee but this is where we get the twist in the tale. I do not want to give any of the plot away as it does twist and turn and maybe at the end you need to suspend belief just a little but it is well worth the journey.

Liz Kessler can really write a fantastic grown up feeling mystery that gets you caring for the characters in such a way that you don’t want the book to end. This is one I highly recommend and now I can’t wait to delve into more of Liz’s books.

Author: Book Angel Emma

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