The Reckoning by James Jauncey

The Reckoning

Written by James Jauncey

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A thought adventure begins with a heart-stopping moment. Fin hears car doors slam, a scream and a dull thud. Through the mist he glimpses a figure falling from the bridge; when he reaches it he finds it is a girl who he is helpless to save. After questioning from the police, Fin tries to piece together the story. Did she jump or was she pushed? His inquiry leads him to unravel some of the mystery surrounding his own sister’s disappearance as well as uncovering a secret that lies at the heart of his island community.

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A pacy well written thriller in which a teenage boy becomes entangled in murderous goings on after witnessing a possible murder. Utterly gripping it touches on large topics such as extremism and terrorism but is, above all, a compelling and intriguing literary mystery. The author's only previous novel, The Witness was highly praised and we rated highly too.


The Reckoning by James Jauncey

Standing on the beach watching the early morning mist roll in off the sea, Fin is thinking about the day when he can move to the mainland, and escape the misery at home. His sister got away but now no one has heard from her in two years. Fin's thoughts are interrupted by the sound of a car on the bridge above him. He hears doors slam, voices, a scream and then, for a brief moment, he glimpses a figure falling through the fog. It's a teenage girl, and she dies in Fin's arms. Did the dead girl jump or was she thrown? Sceptical of the official suicide verdict, Fin is determined to find the truth, a hunt that will lead him closer to his missing sister and to a shocking secret at the heart of his island community.

About the Author

James Jauncey

James, or Jamie, Jauncey, was born in Perthshire but raised in Edinburgh's New Town. His family later moved back to Perthshire, while he attended a boarding school in Oxford. Jauncey read law at Aberdeen University, before working as a journalist and magazine publisher. He left London after 20 years to focus on his own writing.

Jauncey has written four books for children and young adults, but only the latest, The Witness, is in print. The Reckoning will be published in August 2008. When not writing, he runs creative writing workshops and courses, helping businesses improve the quality and imaginative effort of their written materials. He is a part of 26, an organisation promoting creative writing in business. Jauncey is also on the board of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Besides writing, he has played in a number of bands, including the piano for The Funky String Band. He currently lives with his wife and two of his children near Dunkeld.

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Pan Macmillan

Publication date

6th March 2009




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