It all started with a poo in a flowerbed.
Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters – closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn’t be friends, but they are.
Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families.
But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions – making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself.
Whenever I heard the word kindred I thought of me and Ti.
I knew I wanted to read Nightwanderers right after the launch, the love for this book from the editor and the readings made it sound like a book which I would love, and love it I did 🙂
Nightwanderers is the story of two best friends who you wouldn’t normally match together, one (Rosie) is shy and quiet. The other (Titania) is daring and a risk taker. Whilst the pairing isn’t exactly what you’d expect it’s a pairing which works really well. The daring side of Ti rubs off on Rosie and Rosie helps to keep Ti grounded. It’s the perfect blend of characteristics and the extent to which each has affected the other is shown beautifully as the story progresses.
The book is called Nightwanderers so you might wonder what exactly nightwandering is. Well it’s basically walking around (or wandering) in the dead of night (how’s that for an over simplistic explanation). It’s a bit of a risk as Ti leads Rosie on a nightwander into a teacher’s garden and does something which sparks the rest of the story but also very clearly shines the difference between these two friends. I have to say if we take out what the pair get up to on these nightwandering sessions a nightwander sounds quite pleasant – especially when it’s so warm during the day! 🙂
The story is also not told completely linearly which was unusual. It starts roughly in the middle after a key event and then rewinds to the beginning, telling the story up to this point and then continuing onto what happens as a result. This makes the story feel like a story in two parts – the first half lets us get to know Rosie and Ti and their friendship. The second half really puts this friendship to the test – the focus shifting mostly onto Rosie and what she has the strength to do. It’s in this half that Rosie really comes into her own as the story ramps up and changes direction.
This is also a story with secrets, a story which pushes this close friendship to the test, how far do you go to protect your friends – would you drop yourself in trouble to reduce their punishment. And how far would you let something go before revealing something which could save their life and their family.
I can’t finish this review without a special mention for Orphelia (Ti’s twin sister). She’s as much a part of the story as Ti and the decisions she makes have dramatic consequences for Rosie.
Overall, Nightwanderers is a story of friendship and drama. It is at once an addictive read with friendship at its core coupled with a sense of humour – how can a story with a line in the blurb which says “It all started with a poo in a flowerbed” not be! It’s a captivating story which will draw you in to the last page and has left me needing to read Infinite Sky!