N.D. Gomes graduated from the University of Stirling with a B.A. in Media Studies, and is currently completing an MLitt in Literature and Creative Writing. She also holds an M.Ed. in Education and worked for several years in the US public education system. Her first novel, Dear Charlie, was published in 2016, followed by Blackbird in 2017. N.D. Gomes currently lives in Scotland and is working on her third novel – We Are Not Okay – which will be published by HQ Young Adults in March 2019.
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A dark contemporary YA following a murder mystery on Orkney that fans of 13 Reasons Why will devour.
Olivia disappeared the night the blackbird died.
It was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fourteen year old Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.
Committed to finding out what happened to her sister, within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated Detective Inspector Birkens is her best shot.
Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find things she may be better off never knowing…
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.
At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.
Endorsed by Amnesty International UK for reminding us that human rights belong to all of us.
‘At its searing best the novel demonstrates how the perpetrator of a despicable act can still be loved, forgiven and very missed’ – Financial Times
‘A very important book […] a powerful book that will stay with you.’ – Culturefly
‘An exceptional novel on a controversial and relevant subject today.’ – The Bookbag
‘An incredibly moving, heartfelt and thought-provoking novel’ – Black Plume
‘A gripping, eye-opening YA novel that I wish I could put in everyone’s hands.’ – Pretty Little Memoirs
‘You know this book is going to go straight to your heart and rip a little bit of it out.’ – Long Story Short
‘If you’re after a truly thought-provoking book this is well worth a read.’ – Bibliowormed
‘Utterly heartbreaking and so beautifully written.’ – Goodreads reviewer
‘Such a clever book.’ – Book Angel Booktopia
‘Very well written, and tackles a tough subject well’ – First News
Publication: HQ, 20th October 2016