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The Dark Beneath | [Alan Gibbons]

The Dark Beneath

"Today I shot the girl I love." Exams are over and 16-year-old Imogen is looking forward to a perfect, lazy English summer. But her world is turned upside down by three refugees, all hiding from life. Anthony is 14, already an outcast, bullied and shunned by his peers. Farid is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who has travelled across continents seeking peace. And Gordon Craig is a bitter, lonely man. She knows all of them, but she doesn't know how dangerous they are.
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Audible Editor Reviews

A tension-filled, intriguing story of obsession by award-winning writer Alan Gibbons.

This challenging story of social injustice, written for young adult audiences, features Imogene, 16, whose parents taught her to be kind to those who need help, but forgot to mention how she also needed to protect herself from the danger that could ensue. With a quiet, haunting style, Jerome Pride details a young girl’s interest in helping asylum seekers and how from the first blush of what should have been a lazy English summer, she finds herself on the path to a situation that could cost her life.

Publisher's Summary

"Today I shot the girl I love." Exams are over and 16-year-old Imogen is looking forward to a perfect, lazy English summer. But her world is turned upside down by three refugees, all hiding from life. Anthony is 14, already an outcast, bullied and shunned by his peers. Farid is an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who has travelled across continents seeking peace. And Gordon Craig is a bitter, lonely man. She knows all of them, but she doesn't know how dangerous they are. Being part of their lives could cost Imogen her own. Supercharged with tension and drama, Alan Gibbon's novel is about what happens when the fabric of normality is ripped apart, exposing the terrifying dark beneath.

©2004 Alan Gibbons and Published by Orion Children's Books, a division of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd; (P)Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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"[A] grippingly told story." (The Tablet)
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