In a very brave plot device the main character of this dramatic narrative, Joe Summer, spends most of the novel in a coma, fighting to regain consciousness so that he can reveal who killed his dad and deliberately infected Joe himself with meningitis.
Meanwhile Joe’s cousin Annie, who is pretty effectively at a stage of taking on the world, and more especially her mum, re-directs her considerable energies towards interpreting the clues and delving into the facts to confirm that Joe’s predicament is due to attempted murder.
Here there is science woven into a suspenseful story. This is an extremely deftly written read; to be devoured in one sitting. Definitely put it into the hands of kids who need short and pacy very unusual novels.