Waterhole is the debut novel of author Fiona Bell. The story follows sixteen-year-old Sunny Maguire as she moves in with her step-father following the tragic death of her mother. While at this new location, Sunny is drawn into a mystery revolving around a local boy's disappearance. Her search leads Sunny to a nearby waterhole that seems to be at the centre of the mystery.
Waterhole is a mystery novel and Bell should be commended for her delightfully memorable first published novel. While the tale allows the reader to acclimate themselves with the protagonist and the cast of characters, there were parts, I felt, where the story came to an abrupt pause or seemed to have dragged. These areas created a tension which lead to a halting story instead of the smooth pace that balances character building whilst furthering the plot.
Overall, however, the story was a pleasant read. While there were no unexpected plot twists or any moments which caught me by complete surprise, Waterhole was an interesting tale. I would rate it a 4 out of 5.
Raisa, age 14
If you have read this book and would like add your comments below please email your review to YARR-A