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'I saw someone die today...'


When 18 year-old Fin Carpenter sees a body falling through the mist from a bridge he's convinced that it wasn't an accident. But the more he investigates, the more he discovers that there's something rotten at the heart of the remote island community where he lives.


Who is the girl who fell? What has happened to his missing sister? And what is going on at the research institute on the neighbouring island?


As the mystery deepens and Fin finds that those closest to him are in danger of their lives, he is forced to confront uncomfortable questions about who he is, where his loyalties lie, and what it is that holds a family together.

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