‘At arm’s length from me wherever I turned was an array of the cruellest mouths I have ever seen, some of them opening and closing to show teeth like those of an animal. They were sharp and pointed and arranged in even rows, bared and ready to chew.’
Robbie’s weekend job introduces her to the mysterious Swintons and their extraordinary jungle-like garden. As their family secrets are revealed Robbie realises that certainties cannot be trusted, and even Lake Taupo itself assumes a new menace.
Robbie’s loss of innocence parallels a new confidence and maturity. She loses a close friend and learns about death and helping others to grieve. But, above all, Robbie finds ways of coping with the complexities of the adult world.
‘It starts off innocently, then takes some unexpected twists, and finally explodes into scenarios which send chills down your spine.’ NZ Listener
‘I was captivated and chilled…’ Tessa Duder, Dominion Sunday Times
Paperback, 152 pages. In very good preloved condition..