Trin­ity Doyle, Allen & Unwin, $16.99 Teenager Lucy was the lo­cal back­stroke cham­pion, nor­mal and re­laxed with a clear path ahead. That was un­til her older brother Cam’s un­ex­pected death cat­a­pulted the fam­ily into sprawl­ing di­rec­tions in a bid to re­cover. As her mother strug­gles to get out of bed, Lucy’s in­ter­ests drift away from swimming and in­stead she finds her­self sift­ing through her brother’s life be­fore he died. Trin­ity Doyle’s young adult, de­but novel ex­pertly por­trays the empti­ness of sud­den death and the ef­fects on fam­ily life. Don’t let the se­ri­ous sub­ject mat­ter turn you off, it’s a raw and fast­paced read thanks to zippy di­a­logue.

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