Loose Ends

The final volume of the 'Lost Boys' quartet.

Jade has had a terrible day. If having her little nephew swept away by a river in spate isn’t bad enough, she finds herself caught up in a violent riot. Weeks of energy-sapping drought have culminated in a vicious storm and damaging flash-floods. Homes are deluged and the populace are at breaking-point. But it is the indecisive outcome of the FA cup final, a local derby provoking fiercely partisan opposition, which proves the final catalyst and the town has become a mindless frenzy of looting, violence and criminality. 
Lost, traumatised, barefoot, caught between rapacious fans, opportunistic looters and the implacable ranks of riot-police, Jade takes refuge in a semi-derelict church where the kindness of strangers opens her up to the possibility that there is a higher hand at work than the malign, bad-luck demon she has always felt dogging her steps.
Jade’s sister Carmel falls prey to the malicious influence of local bad-lad Spencer, and although the two girls have been at each other’s throats all their lives, Jade takes the opportunity to step out in her new-found faith on Carmel’s behalf.  Can she, in this new, softer incarnation of herself, and with the aid of whatever beneficent power she senses is out there, somewhere, weave something new from the frayed ends of their antagonistic sisterhood? 

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This book is clearly a work of art, not meant for the impatient reader looking for the usual fare of literary junk food.
I would not hesitate to recommend this book to readers who have read and enjoyed the previous instalments.

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