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The Things you find in Rockpools Paperback – February 15, 2018
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"One of the most exciting thriller authors to emerge in recent years."
"Clever and tense yet charming and beautifully painted."
"Another terrific story from this exciting author. If you've never read any of Gregg Dunnett's books before, why not?"
"This is the second book I have read by Gregg Dunnett, the first being The Wave at Hanging Rock. Both books are excellent I would give them 6 stars if I could."
"Billy, the hero of this story, will stay with me for a very long time."
"Gregg's books are some of the best I have ever read, and being 60 I have read a lot. They are very hard to put down."
"Trust me, young Billy Wheatley will stay in your head for a long time after you breathlessly finish the final pages."
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His brother is the adventurer Jono Dunnett who in 2015 windsurfed alone and unsupported around the entire coastline of Great Britain, and who is currently windsurfing around the coastline of Europe.
Gregg lives in Bournemouth on the south coast of England with his partner Maria. They have two young children, Alba and Rafa, for whom the phrase "Daddy's working" has absolutely no effect.
- Publisher : Pole Hill Press (February 15, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 382 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099577823X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0995778238
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.96 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #383,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is filled with twists and turns that kept this reader engrossed. The characters are well defined with some you will love and others hate. Every worthwhile story needs both types of characters. The main protagonist is Billy. He is only nine years old but commands this story with his intelligence, scientific knowledge and innocence.
There is a girl missing in his town and Billy feels compelled to assist the police by doing his own investigation since they are at a stalemate. What he doesn’t realize is his investigation is leading him into more trouble than he ever imagined.
There are so many twists and turns making for an enjoyable romp right up until the end. I don’t want to give away any of the clues. If you want to read one of the best psychological mystery/thrillers out there, in my opinion, you need to get a copy right away and enjoy. I look forward to the next thrilling book that this talented author writes.
One of the teen daughters of a cottage renter, he met this past summer, has come up missing. Police from all over came in to lend a hand in trying to find her on this little island to no avail.
Billy decides he is going to use his observation skills to find clues in hopes he can pass them along to the police and become a hero and get his picture in the paper.
He has to keep all this under wraps though because his Dad is real cautious about any spotlight being shone on them.
Don’t let my poor review cause you to think this is a rudimentary story about a little kid and his sweet summer adventure. This is a psychological murder mystery with twists and turns. Fast moving. No long boring passages. The author keeps the story on track and provides characters that you like, hate, love.
What Billy tells you is true but he doesn’t know the whole story, or does he.? There is a sub story here that is woven throughout the book. Glimpses of Billy’s past that finally come to light in a surprising way.
I read it in 2 Days. I think that is a high recommendations of a good read.
Billy Wheatley is a wonderful character. He's so relatable and likeable, though he would not think so. The suspense was intense and I kept wavering on who I thought had abducted Olivia and whether she was alive or dead.
The most exciting character in the book was the ocean. Living on the Pacific coast, I loved how well this author describes everything about a coastal community, the waves, the rocks and the marine life.
A teenage tourist visiting the island goes missing without a trace, prompting months of help from mainland police, but to no avail. Billy decides that the police don't know what they're doing and that he will try to solve the mystery himself. What he finds sets in motion the rest of the plot. As with The Wave at Hanging Rock, this story goes in places I never expected. I loved the character of Billy; so precocious and logical, but at the same time, a child.
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What's more, Greg Dunnett is a master story teller. You kind of know when things aren't right with someone or their past, but you can't quite put your finger on it. You just HAVE to keep reading to see things develop, which of course means there's more feelings you have, which means you just HAVE to....you get the picture.
I like Mr Dunnetts books. I got this one, with some others for my Kindle and there it sat whilst it waited it's turn. It was the pick of the bunch and that bunch included some awfully famous authors. It draws you in. You are rooting for the boy in question, but there's also other characters that get under your skin.
Five stars? Definitely!
As the book develops, Billy becomes even more engaging and convincing, and thinks he has solved the case of the missing girl, but the world around him becomes increasingly more complex. I was continually wrong footed as the book got darker and darker, and poor Billy got into more trouble and found himself at greater risk himself.
The structure of the book is very clever and we switch from seeing things from Billy’s perspective to that of the police involved in the investigations, especially detectives Jessica West and Oliver Rogers from the mainland, sent to help with the investigations. The reader is often unsure of the truth and our sympathies and loyalties are very much with the main characters of Billy and Jessica. Dunnett’s narrative and dialogue carry the plot along at a fast pace but keeps everything within the realms of possibility. The ending is exciting and revealing and will make you hold your breath. I strongly recommend this excellent book.
The background of the Lorney island is fantastic. I guess Gregg needed some place reasonably confined for the story to work and he did this just brilliantly. I could almost see the places he described - the Littlelea, the Siverlea, the beaches and the caves.
And the twist in the story is fabulous. Not the week excuse for a twist you can pretty much see coming from the beginning, but a proper one. Which I couldn't anticipate until pretty late in the story. In short, very well done, Gregg Dunnett.
One of the things I celebrated about this novel were the strong female characters, both good and evil. I tire of reading about women who need to be rescued from evil men and this book turned around those preconceptions, with a final twist that the 11 year old boy did some rescuing of his own. Thanks for that Gregg, very refreshing!
Have already recommended this book to a friend so that answers that question too.
Oh, one other thing - interesting to read that the author is English and yet this is set in USA. Possibly explains why I found it a more comfortable read than some American thrillers.
A great read I just couldn't put down till I finished it the same day, which was surprising as this is the first book I have read in quite a number of years due to personal reasons. I loved the characters and style of writing, the story had me gripped and guessing from beginning to end. I will definitely be ordering more titles from this author and am thrilled to be looking forward to rediscovering my love of books again thanks to stumbling across an advert for the book that popped up on my facebook page.