Saturday, 8 September 2012

Review: Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan


Title: Daylight Saving
Author: Edward Hogan
Author Info: Twitter
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: UK:2nd February 2012|USA:11th September 2012

Tell Me About It
When Daniel Lever is dragged to Leisure World Holiday Complex for some “time away” with his depressed dad, his expectations are low. Daniel is overweight, he hates sport, and his father has brought along his beloved tomato plant. But soon Daniel spots a girl swimming in the fake lake. Lexi is elegant and smart, but very mysterious. Why are her bruises getting worse each time she and Daniel meet? And is her watch really ticking backwards? A dark figure stalks the pair, and as British summer time approaches, Daniel has to act quickly. Their souls depend on it.

My Thoughts
We are first introduced to Daniel as he is in his way with his Dad to  a Leisure World Sports holiday complex.  Daniel is overweight and hates sports so he thinks its pointless going to the sports holiday complex, until he meets the mysterious Lexi  There are things that we don't know about both Lexi and Daniel, and as the story progresses we find out what Daniel blames himself for and why he ended up on holiday with his Dad.

I loved the mystery of Daylight Saving and how Daniel pieces together the events and finds out what happened. I admire him for sticking with Lexi and working at finding out the truth, whether she wanted to or not.  I had my suspicions about Lexi from the beginning, and I was glad to see them turn out right.  I really liked seeing Daniel grow and finally learn that what happened wasn't his fault, his relationship with his father also improves slightly when they finally work together near the end of the book, and also agree on one thing.

Daylight Saving is the perfect mix of mystery, paranormal, and good old teen angst, once I started I could not put it down.  I felt sorry for Daniel and how he was punishing himself for what happened, and Edward has portrayed him as an angsty teenager perfectly, even down to he littlest things he does. While I don't agree with some of the things he does, I know he does them for a reason, to help Lexi, so in my eyes, the good things outweigh the bad things.  I didn't think too much of his Dad, for it supposedly being a 'family holiday', after the first day or so Daniels' Dad is too busy drinking to actually pay full attention to what is going on with Daniel.

When it was finally revealed what had happened and how the book title, Daylight Saving, fits into the story I really enjoyed the twist in it.  Daylight Saving was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone.

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