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A rainy night. An empty highway. And no memory. From award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones comes a riveting murder mystery that will keep readers enthralled until the last page.On the night Donovan...
A rainy night. An empty highway. And no memory. From award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones comes a riveting murder mystery that will keep readers enthralled until the last page.On the night Donovan...
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  • A rainy night. An empty highway. And no memory. From award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones comes a riveting murder mystery that will keep readers enthralled until the last page.

    On the night Donovan Turner is thrown out of a car on a highway in the middle of nowhere, he can barely remember his own name, let alone the past twenty-four hours. Where is he? Where is his girlfriend, Bee? In an attempt to flag down the next passing car, he startles the driver, causing a fatal accident. With sirens in the distance and the lingering feeling that he's running from something — or someone — Donovan grabs the dead driver's briefcase and flees. Meanwhile, Bee is fighting for Dono's life every bit as much as he is. But when the police show up and hint that he is the prime suspect in a murder, Bee is determined to put together the pieces of what happened and clear his name. With echoes of Dante's Divine Comedy, this harrowing journey through hell and back is a page-turning tale of guilt, retribution, love, and redemption.

About the Author-

  • I was born at a very young age in a very old country—England. I ran away from home when I was three with a tea cozy on my head. And if you don't know what a tea cozy is, that's because it's something only people in very old countries use to keep their tea warm when it's in a pot. Somehow, I ended up in northern British Columbia, Canada, just a raven's flight from Alaska. We moved a lot when I was a kid, and that's a big part of what I write about, I guess: not the moving so much as how great it is to have a place you can call home and friends and all that. I grew up. Well, it was bound to happen. But I didn't grow that far up, if you know what I mean. I went to university and all that and got married and have three fabulous kids, all of whom are grown up, more or less, themselves. But what I mean is that, while I grew up I didn't grow away from childhood. I still have a whole bunch of it inside that I'm sorting through: an attic's worth of mostly junk but with some gems of memories and a lot of unanswered questions. That's probably why I write for kids.


    Whatever I write it's always a mystery. I've written more than thirty books: picture books, middle-grade novels, novels for young adults and older adults. But whatever I write there is always something that someone is looking for and there is usually someone who doesn't want them to get it! I'm thrilled about my thriller Blink & Caution. Blink is a street kid living hard—living on his wits. He stumbles into a big con game and thinks he might get in on the action. Wrong! Luckily, he also runs into Caution, as in "Caution: Contents under Pressure." Their relationship starts off rocky, to say the least, but then she joins up with him and—well, you've got to see what happens. I am crazy about this book.

    Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:


    1. I lived in twelve different houses by the time I finished high school. I used to wonder if my father was running from the law, but I don't think he was. He was an engineer with a great sense of humor, although the moving sure wasn't funny!
    2. I got to read with J.K. Rowling at the Sky Dome in Toronto in October 2000. There were more than 20,000 people at the reading. It's the biggest public reading ever—you can look it up in the Guinness Book of Records!
    3. I have never been to Timbuktu. Even though we share the same name. Well, partially, anyway. But what I want to know is what ever happened to Timbukone?

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 16, 2018
    In Wynne-Jones’s tense, eerie thriller that lightly draws from Dante’s Inferno, 17-year-old Donovan Turner lies unconscious in a hospital after a hit-and-run left him gravely injured. His girlfriend, Beatrice “Bee” Northway, is at his side. While Donovan relives the events leading up to the accident in his mind (or, possibly, an otherworldly in-between place), Bee makes careful notes in her journal describing each sound that Donovan utters, hoping to piece together what may have happened. Then Donovan’s father is found beaten to death with Donovan’s baseball bat. After Bee’s boyfriend becomes a suspect in the murder, she puts herself in considerable danger to prove to the police that he’s innocent. Wynne-Jones cleverly employs elements of his trademark magical realism, and readers will enjoy making the connections between Bee’s discoveries and Donovan’s subconscious version of events; both versions are chilling. The courageous, clever Bee is a revelation, and her clear-eyed approach to finding the truth and her enduring love for Donovan, along with believably quirky characters and genuinely terrifying moments, will keep readers enthralled until the bittersweet finale. Ages 14–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from June 1, 2018

    Gr 8 Up-Donovan "Turn" Turner is in a coma after being critically injured in a hit-and-run. Bee, Turn's girlfriend, is by his side and determined to figure out what happened. After the police interview Bee, she learns that they aren't just looking for the runaway driver, but that Turn's father is dead and they suspect his son. Turn is caught in a world between life and death, but is able to give Bee some clues as to what transpired. The problem is the clues make it sound like Turn is indeed his father's killer. Bee knows he could never murder and decides to not share all her information with the police. Instead she puts the pieces of the puzzle together on her own. Taking inspiration from Dante's Inferno, Wynne-Jones presents an ambitious novel that is grim and suspenseful to the end. There are quick pivots in time-from the recent past to Bee's present to Turn's present and back again-as well as switches in narration between the two. Turn's experience in purgatory (or maybe the environs of hell?) is harrowing and confusing, adding to this page-turner that explores loyalty, guilt, anger, and redemption. VERDICT This murder mystery is highly recommended and would make for a great book-club read.-Emily Moore, Camden County Library System, NJ

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2018
    A teen boy with anger issues, critically injured in a car accident, is suspected of murdering his alcoholic father and staunchly defended by his high school girlfriend, Bee.The first part of Wynne-Jones' (Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes, 2016, etc.) novel has a hallucinatory quality. Occasional chapters describe Bee's vigil by Donovan's bedside in the ICU, while the bulk of the text describes Dono's travels through a nightmarish world fraught with violence and danger. A series of bizarre encounters and escapes keeps readers off-balance, unsure what details, if any, are real. In this section, similarities to Dante's Inferno may or may not resonate with teen readers. A sharp break in the narrative occurs after a dramatic event and shifts the focus to Bee and the tone from horror-inflected to whodunit. Bee's detecting efforts bear fruit, but her foolhardy risk-taking is clearly plot-driven and may frustrate some readers. Wynne-Jones' writing is smooth and compelling, and certain images will likely linger in readers' minds. However, most characters are adults, which may distance some teens, and the motivation for the murder is both decidedly adult and not entirely convincing. Some aspects of the first section never quite connect to the rest, while the enigmatic author's note raises further questions. No racial diversity is apparent; class differences are implied.Suspenseful and complex, this will mesmerize readers patient enough to stick with it. (author's note) (Fiction. 14-18)

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