Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

Title:  Night Beach
Author:  Kirsty Eagar
Genre:  Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Penguin Australia
Publication Date:  30th April 2012
ISBN:  9780143206552
Stand alone or series:   Stand Alone
Pages:  324 pages
Book Received from:  Penguin Australia
First Lines:  I run up the dunes with the wind howling at my back, my ears burning from its bite.

Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless. You crave them in a way that's not rational, not right, and you're becoming somebody you don't recognise, and certainly don't respect, but you don't even care.
And this person you like is unattainable.
Except for one thing . . .
He lives downstairs.
Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane. But since Kane's been back, he's changed. There's a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world.

My Thoughts:
I'm a fan of Kirsty Eagars.  I've read everything she's written so far, and this is by far my most favourite read.. There's moments that cause goosebumps rising up my skin and other times I'm shaking my head thinking of the times I had been there once.. feeling the same things Abbie had felt.

Abbie is a girl that I could totally relate to.  She has a major crush on Kane and I'm sure most of us have been there feeling exactly the same as Abbie.  She's vulnerable, passionate about her surfing and art and totally head over heels for Kane.  And he knows it.  Up until a certain point Abbie is under the impression that Kane doesn't know she exists but when he comes home from his trip away he is a different person.  And maybe not for the better.  Of course, we wouldn't have a good story without having the main character being curious and Abbie is trying her best to work out what is going on with Kane.

Kane is alluring and a perfect portrayal of a few aussie guys I know.  Abbie puts Kane up on a pedestal of sorts and as a reader I could see why her encounters with him had her so hooked on him.  It was kind of scary how past experiences for me lined up with the things that Abbie did.

Kirsty has an uncanny ability in bringing the characters and story to life and is continually amazing me with her writing.  There were so many little quotes I wrote down throughout the book that really stuck out for me and that's also why I loved this story so much.  I haven't even mentioned the spooky moments through the book that really raised the hairs on my arms.  But I won't say too much there, I'll let you all read this for yourself

If you want something truly aussie to read with a great spooky twist be sure to pick this up!

Fave Line:  
You want to be the kind of driver that people look at and think, yeah she'd be handy in a robbery. - Page 183

Kane's never been safe. Ultimately he's never been within reach. That's the key to why I'm so caught up on him - I know that. I'm obsessed. And what feeds an obsession is not getting what you want. - Page 244

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