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‘On one level it is a thriller: fishing on Bacon Pond Nicky spots a glint of gold in its murky depths, and recognises the Rolex owned by a local gangster. It seems to be still attached to his wrist. Nicky feels that the gangster owes him and his family, and sets out to retrieve the Rolex with the help of his brother Kenny. Nicky’s search for the watch results in a series of events that will change his and his family’s life for the better. McGowan writes in prose as spare and effective as that of Barry Hines, to whom the book is dedicated, and there’s an extraordinary depth and elegance to this story. An outstanding novel. ~ Andrea Reece

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Dylan Sweet, age 11 – ‘. I would rate this book five stars – 110% I loved it and it was one of the best books I’ve ever read.’
  • Ross Dawson, age 11 -‘A story about brotherhood, hard times and working together. A story to make you think and want to read on. A story I recommend.’
  • Nathan Dyer, age 14 – ‘The book made me want to keep reading so that I could find out the secrets of the lake.  Whilst I was reading I kept thinking of all the different things the secret could be.’
  • Callum Eacock – ‘Best Book Ever, Can’t wait to read more from Anthony McGowan.”

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