lovely lake in the woods.
Everyone can see the water,
but no one can see the girl struggling there...
The days are growing shorter at the resort, giving him less and less time to solve the mystery of Lexi. Shouldn't injuries heal up over time, instead of getting worse? As the teens stay near each other through his vacation, Daniel awakens to find the same injuries on himself.
If Lexi is a ghost, why can he touch her? If Lexi is a girl, why is she at the resort alone... and how can they prevent terrible things from popping into the woods during that hour everyone relives when Daylight Saving Time ends and the clocks fall back?
Published in September 2012, you should be able to find Hogan's first YA book at your local library or independent bookstore now. Then find some uninterrupted reading time - you won't want to put it down!
Book info: Daylight Saving / Edward Hogan. Candlewick, 2012. [author's writing room] [publisher site] [book trailer]
My Recommendation: An “active holiday” away with Dad…couch-potato Daniel can’t imagine a worse vacation. Bicycling through Leisure World’s well-manicured woods to avoid sports activities, the English teen spots a cute girl swimming in the fake lake. And she’ll even talk to him - about his parents’ divorce, Dad’s spiraling depression, but not herself.
Daniel wonders if Lexi is playing hard-to-get or hiding a dangerous secret. He only seems to see her at the lake, never at the pizza place or the pool. She says swimming is a good way to let your mind relax while your body works, so Dan hits the pool, huffing and puffing at first. The more he swims, the more he worries about Lexi.
How can a teenager be at this fancy resort by herself? Why can’t anyone else see her? Why is her watch running backwards? What’s causing her wounds which seem larger each night?
As the autumn evening approaches when all Great Britain’s clocks turn back one hour, Lexi and Daniel try to find a way to stop a terrible past event from happening again. Part mystery, perhaps some ghost story, all thriller – will the night of Daylight Saving be too late? (One of 5,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.