Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
Release Date: April 26th 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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Why hello thar! Nice to be writing a review again :) You see, lately my time has been spent writing essays on things such as causes of action in order to sue somebody with and public relations scandals!
I HAVE been attempting to write this review for the past few days but my internet is being incredibly frustrating and RANDOMLY STOPS WORKING and shuts down my browser. So yeah, I've been a little bit annoyed! BUT YAYYYYYY! HERE IS A REVIEW AGAIN!
Now... about the book!
Abbie is a girl who loves to surf, loves to paint and has a major crush on Kane - a guy who lives with her and her family. Kane has just come back from a surfing trip a week early and something about him has changed, and Abbie is the only person who can see it.
Well shit, I've just finished picking up pieces of my brain and now I can somewhat think clearly again. I absolutely adored this book. It was twisted, weird, creepy, a little bit scary and just all round cool.
Whilst I found Abbie a little um, stalkerish and perhaps weird at first, I grew to love her! Abbie is a beautifully rounded character who has both flaws and talents and is just overall an incredibly realistic character. Her relationships with others are not ideal, but really, as a teenager when is anything perfect? Abbie is an extremely well developed character who is strong, confident, sensitive, tough and funny.
To begin with, I thought I might have a few issues simply due to some of the things at the beginning of the novel. However, these ended up becoming redundant and I just didn't give a shit about the fact I was a bit disturbed at one stage, because the rest of the novel was just so incredible. This novel is creepy in the same way that Imaginary Girls is creepy. It's haunting and disturbing and once I actually got into the book, I found myself always saying, "Just ONE more chapter!". The supernatural aspect of this is insane and Kirsty Eagar's writing is gorgeous! She is an Australian author (which automatically makes anyone awesome), so naturally I felt comfortable reading this, but her way of piecing things together is brilliant. I especially loved her writing. Everything she wrote placed a perfect image in my head, and I was going a bit nuts for this when she was describing all the supernatural aspects because the image I was getting in my head was just AWESOME.
The overall plot turned out brilliant. I'm having a lot of trouble writing this review because it was so incredible. I'm sure some of you know what I mean :)
This book just made me feel, and I love books that make me feel. It made me scared, happy, sad, frustrated, sympathetic, empathetic and completely intrigued. Having never read anything by Kirsty Eagar before (but I've heard awesome things!), her other books are now a top priority to read for me! Seriously guys, you HAVE to read this. It's fabulous. And creepy. Yeah, I know I've mentioned that but I love creepy :D
A few things I loved...
- The mention of 24 hour Maccas (this changed my life when I was 17)
- Someone is mentioned to have the name, "Jack Daniels", this got a giggle out of me :)
- "What feeds and obsession is not getting what you want. But my real problem is, I like being obsessed. It leaves me hollowed out and hungry, makes everything more intense. It's painful, yes. And frustrating. But it sure as hell makes me feel alive."
How AMAZING is that quote? I adore that quote. I think it makes a lot of sense and I love how much it adds to Abbie's character.
I received this from Netgalley and this has not affected my review