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Review: Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden

Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden

Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

Thirteen years after the Schoolies trip that cost Frankie her two best friends, she thinks she has moved on with her life. That is until Jack comes back to Brisbane, and suddenly she's forced to deal with the feelings of loss and guilt all over again. Frankie has always believed that Jack was telling the truth about Kate's disappearance that night, but could the boy she'd known and loved her whole life, have fooled her?

This story is beautifully told. Set in Queensland, the story switches between the events of Schoolies Week in 2000 and the present day. The mystery surrounding Kate's disappearance slowly unravels, as present-day Frankie comes to terms with her feelings for both Jack and Kate.

The suspense builds throughout the novel, and while I guessed some of what had actually happened to Kate before it was revealed, it didn't diminish my enjoyment at all.

For those who don't know, Schoolies week is an Australian tradition where those who've just finished their final exams go away and generally get very drunk and engage in a lot of risky behaviour. The Gold Coast in Queensland is the most popular destination.

I really enjoyed all the references to Australian pop culture in the late 90s/early 2000s (especially references to one of my favourite Brisvegas bands).

Part romance, part mystery, part thriller, Losing Kate kept me enthralled throughout.

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