Title: The disappearance of Timothy Dawson
Author: Nathan Parker
Release Date: 01.05.18
Star Rating: 4/5 🌟
If you were searching for answers about the mysterious disappearance of your father, but were warned that pulling at that thread would put you in grave danger… would you pull at it anyway? A turbulent seaside town holds a dark secret. Terror reigns in the form of drug king pin, Smiler, whose core business is to exploit the vulnerable. Hope is all but non existent. Tommy Dawson has believed for most of his life that his dad, Timothy, ran out on him when he was just two years old, leaving him to grow up in survival mode with his mum and brother, who had become more focussed on their drug habits than his welfare. That’s until information comes to light which suggests that his dad’s disappearance isn’t all it seems. Tommy and his trusted sidekick, Kirsten, embark upon a quest to uncover the truth, taking them to the darkest corners of Granville and uncovering shocking secrets that will reveal the town’s disturbing underbelly. The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson is a Young Adult fiction, with dark themes that expose sinister secrets. It takes place in a poor, forgotten seaside town in the north of England, called Granville-upon-sea, a place that was once glorious is now rife with drugs and poverty. The story is a coming of age mystery, following the journey of Tommy, a likeable chap that’s been dealt an unfair hand in life. His mum and brother are addicts and he is left for the most part to fend for himself. The mystery of his father’s whereabouts hadn’t bothered him at all until, bit by bit, information surfaces suggesting maybe his dad didn’t just leave them after all. As the story unfurls, the plot takes a dark turn and Tommy, along with his friends, must face evil head on in order to expose the truth.
This book is totally different to the genres I usually read but I really enjoyed it and thought I’d share with you guys!
The 4/5 star Rating is based on the flow of the story and some editing issues but other than that the story is very well written and the characters greatly portrayed.
The idea behind the book is very relevant to the twenty first century and specific to some communities. While this is unfortunate I think Nathan has drawn the readers attention to the very real problems facing some of the youth today.
I was very drawn to Tommy’s character and his quest for answers. I loved his strength and determination to be different in comparison to his peers.
The relationship between Tommy and Kristen grows throughout the book, and Nathan successfully takes us back to those awkward teenage, romantic encounters.
In true British style the references to community relationships such as the local pub and boxing ring draw great imagery for the reader.
I will definitely be on the look out for book two, while this isn’t a cliff hanger as such, you’re left needing to know more!!
Great first book Nathan! I wish you every success!
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