ISBN 9781770864788 | 5.375″ x 8″ | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+
Fifteen-year-old Gemma’s life on a small New Brunswick island with her father, Jonah, is not an exciting one. Her mother ran off when she was an infant, and Jonah, an amateur scientist, spends most of his time conducting experiments he thinks will one day bring him fame. But when a woman arrives on the island, Gemma tries to play matchmaker – only to discover Jonah’s hidden journals, which hold terrifying secrets about both their lives.
Mystery, science, and dreams of a better life collide in this page-turning young adult novel from Barbara Radecki.
Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize (Speculative Fiction)
Selected for the 15 Great Books to Give to Young Readers list by CBC’s The Next Chapter Children’s Book Panel (2016)
“The well-paced narrative builds from Gemma’s quiet longing to her bold quest for the truth to a shocking conclusion readers won’t see coming. Science, mystery, and family collide in this creepy, satisfying page-turner.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Radecki throws in gasp-worthy twists and takes the plot far beyond the boundaries of expectation – about 100 gripping pages past where most novels would end. It’s a smarter and more sinister The Face on the Milk Carton for this generation.”
– The Globe and Mail
“All the elements are in place for a winning YA psychological thriller, and for the most part, The Darkhouse succeeds. The novel is well paced, with a narrative just twisty enough to keep even seasoned readers guessing.”
– Quill and Quire
“The Darkhouse doesn’t just hold you, it grips you tightly by the throat as it pulls you through a story that bewitches, thrills, shocks and tantalizes you. Barbara Radecki writes with imagination, intelligence and emotion, a lethal combination that keeps you from doing anything till you finish this book.”
– Colin Mochrie
“The Darkhouse is a complex gem — mystery, psychological thriller, love story, and drama — all wrapped up in a story that will shock you and make you race to the last page.”
– David Skuy, author of Undergrounders and Rocket Blues