- Title: Storm Catchers
- Author: Tim Bowler
- Publisher: OUP
- ISBN: 9780192754455
Fin is devastated by guilt when his sister, Ella, is kidnapped. She is snatched away from the house in the middle of a storm. As the kidnappers make their demands, Fin’s guilt is replaced by a fierce determination to find his sister by whatever means he can, and bring the criminals to justice.
But as the drama unfolds, a complex web of family secrets is revealed. It emerges that Ella’s kidnapping is revenge for mistakes Fin’s father made, years before. The consequences will change all their lives forever.
The sound came again, cutting through the night: a sharp, metallic tap that carried even up to the first floor of the house where Sam lay sleeping.
Another of the books I read during the read-a-thon.
Fin, didn’t think about the consequences when he left his sister to look after his young brother, Sam, to go play on his mate’s computer. What happened next will haunt Fin for a long time to come and he will never forgive himself for leaving her on her own.
While he is having fun at his friends house, Fin’s sister, Ella thinks she hears a noise downstairs and when she goes to investigate she discovers an intruder. After finding somewhere to hide Sam, she goes downstairs and before she can raise the alarm, is kidnapped.
“Tell a soul and she’s dead. We’ll be in touch.”
As the family searches frantically for Ella, and the Kidnapper’s plans unfold, Sam is seeing ghosts and keeps wandering to the local cliff-tops to “catch the storm” as it blows out to sea, Fin comes to realize that Ella is not the only victim and that as long hidden family secrets come out, the real villain may be closer to home than anyone thought.
A new storm is breaking on the horizon. And it’s going to change everything….
After reading a few books by Tim Bowler now, I can say with some conviction, that he, like Marcus Sedgwick, is one of those authors that never talks down to his target audience, and in fact writes complex, intelligent books that challenge even the most sophisticated teenage reader and yet at the same time enthrall them with a gripping tale.
And, Storm Catchers, is certainly that, a taut tightly written thriller that grabs you from the off, and mixes in mystical elements, as two seemingly separate storylines begin to converge, Bowler then throws the reader for a loop, with an fantastic ending, that while, if you’ve been following events carefully, it doesn’t come as a complete surprise, the effects on the family are breathtaking.