Waterhole reviewed by Kate

Waterhole, written by Fiona Bell, is a young adult drama. Sunny is 16 and she is returning to her family homestead for school holidays to stay with her step-father. Sunny’s mother died in a car crash a few months before and Sunny and her step dad are trying to find their new relationship amongst their grief. Neither are great communicators or comfortable with each other. When a young lad vanishes on a camping trip, Sunny joins the search in the bushland, gorge and waterhole. Sunny’s grief is deep and her world is rocked when she sees visions of her mother at various times in the book. 

Waterhole is a tragic tale – grief, death, family violence, loneliness and spirituality are all strong themes and are dealt with in a graphic and honest way which is refreshing. 

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