Thicker Than Water
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Into Becky's life comes a cousin, Will, she didn't know she had. With him arrives both the disturbance of his actual past and a ghostly voice from history. In intertwining narratives, Becky and Will tell the story and add their versions of each other's telling. In this way we have a double bearing on the ghost - the spirit, it turns out, of a boy lost in the local mines and now desperate to be laid to rest. It's splendidly developed right through to the climax in the midst of snow and Christmas. A rich fantasy for independent or group reading.