Author: Lisa McMann
Release date: 1st Nov 2010 UK
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Summary from Amazon:
Things should be great for Janie - she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she's totally in love with. But deep down she's panicking about how she's going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people's dreams is really starting to take its toll. Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time -and he's in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice she thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined.
Gone is the third novel in Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy about Dream Catcher Janie Hannagan.
This novel is slightly different from the previous two novels. It is less about Janie solving a mystery or catching someone’s dream and more about her dealing with her own internal conflict.
At the beginning of the novel Janie and her boyfriend Cabel are on holiday and they are trying to find some peace after the traumatic events in Fade. Janie is not used to the public knowing her business. She is a private person and after the trial, the whole town knows that she helped convict dangerous criminals. Even though much of the attention she receives is positive, it is still attention she would rather not have. Then there are the problems that she has been coping with all along – her particular ability and her alcoholic mother.
One of the things that I loved about this book is McMann’s exploration of the pressure and emotional strain a young person experiences when they have an addict for a parent. The author shows how much responsibility it places on the young person’s shoulders. Gone is more about real life problems than paranormal ones. Yes, Janie has the big decision to make about her life as a Dream Catcher in this book but I still feel it is every bit woven into the harsh reality of teenage life.
Gone explores the more vulnerable side of Janie. It touches on her close relationship with her best friend and is entrenched in her blossoming love for Cabel. He is such a great character and I am going to miss reading about his skateboarding ways. I still think the scene in Wake where he skateboards her home is one of my all-time favourites from any book. It was just so kooky.
Yet again I loved Lisa McMann’s style of writing. There are no wasted words. The prose is economic perfection. I’m not sure what else there is to say except that I hope Lisa McMann keeps writing in this genre and doesn’t go off and write books that are too scary for me to read. I am in awe of her skills as a writer and I expect I’ll be a fan for many years to come. The whole trilogy is tense, atmospheric and engaging. I highly recommend it.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me the book to review.