The Secret Deep

Publisher: Chicken House

Following the death of their mother, siblings Aster and Poppy move to live with their aunt in New Zealand. After a few days at the ecovillage, where their aunt is conducting research into new treatments for cancer, the girls begin to suspect that all is not as it seems.

Then Aster awakes to find herself alone on a tropical island with no memory of how she got there or, worse, what happened to her sister. As a dual narrative evolves, the truth of what has happened, and its devastating consequences, gradually reveals itself.

This teen sci-fi thriller is breathtakingly daring and imaginative but has just enough grounding in reality to make it almost believable. Exploring themes of bereavement, survival, science and ecology, it will appeal to a wide readership and keep readers gripped to the very last page.

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