Sunday, September 9, 2012

Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler

Five Parts Dead
Good Reads Summary
Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler

What do you do when you’ve just lost three of your best mates?
Who do you turn to when your life is suddenly bound to a wheelchair?

Dan has dodged the Reaper again. If he were a cat, five of his nine lives would be gone—when his mates didn’t even get second chances. He’s still grieving their deaths when he’s dragged on a family holiday at a remote island lighthouse.

Left alone, at what feels like the end of the earth, Dan starts sensing a mysterious girl. Is she a dream? Or has he somehow hooked into the spirit world?

The lighthouse logbook helps illuminate some of the girl’s tragic story but Dan will have to dig deeper to find answers and the inspiration to embrace life again.

Tim Pegler gets inside the minds and hearts of teenagers and captures their voices—spot on.

My Thoughts
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Haunting… that’s what ties the two stories together. Where on the one hand, there’s Dan struggling with just going on, eaten up both by what’s said but more so by what’s left unsaid. Then on the other, a story of people making do and later doing a most incomprehensible thing... and that would be Lily’s story.

Interesting story, if you look at all the individual elements. There’s Dan and Pip, and how he sees what’s there and what could be. It’s a sweet addition to what’s over all a mish mash of so many things. There’s Dan and Mel and their twin-ness. I felt this more than slightly hokey, though.  So, when bringing twins into the mix, is it at all possible to talk of a sibling closeness without looping back to this super twin mind link? Because as a twin myself, I’ve not experienced it , at least none that I recall *thinks back* Nope, not once have I had my brother knocking about in my head to pass some secret message for me and me alone. That said, the former closeness between the two is evident BUT it’s a relationship that’s made even more complex with one admittedly feeling overshadowed by the other… now that, that there was an aspect that rang real. 

And like I said, it’s a mish mash of a lot of things. There’s impromptu crime solving going on, there’s that new unexpected and slightly insecure young love shimmering about, but mostly, it’s him trying to see beyond being ‘five parts dead,’ beyond him asking why him and not them. It weaves in the sad with the mysterious slash scary moments of maybe ghostly apparitions as well as someone who got him for good measure and this was an OK story.

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