All the best novels grab you at the start and WATER SHALL REFUSE THEM does that brilliantly. The wonderful opening chapter sets the scene for the novel. I loved the descriptive writing style that immerses you into the story so that you feel part of the scenes.

The heatwave of 1976. Following the accidental drowning of her sister, sixteen-year-old Nif and her family move to a small village on the Welsh borders to escape their grief. But rural seclusion doesn’t bring any relief. As her family unravels, Nif begins to put together her own form of witchcraft – collecting talismans from the sun-starved land. That is, until she meets Mally, a teen boy who takes a keen interest in her and has his own secret rites to divulge.

This is a story about being different, about family relations, how to cope with death that is the classic coming of age novel set in the heatwave of 1976. This is the perfect book to be reading during the heatwave of 2019.

You guess the ending some time out in the story however the storyline and writing is of such quality that it’s a joy to continue reading as the tensions build.

Dead Ink/ 9781911585565/£9.99

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