Today I am joining the blog tour for Legal Crime by the exciting young writer Samiksha Bhattacharjee. Many thanks to Samiksha for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour.
This exciting and captivating page-turner transports you into the fascinating story of sixteen-year-old aspiring singer Fiona Watson who runs away from her family, oblivious to the dangers outside her shielded comfort zone. As she journeys through her new world, leaving her past behind and determined to find a new identity, she uncovers surprising secrets buried deep within her long ago… How do her new friends link to her past? What secrets are they hiding behind their misleading smiles? How much of herself has she really left behind? And how will she cope when she realises that she has made a huge mistake… one that could ruin her forever?
As you will know by now, I am a big reader of YA fiction, and not much makes me happier than reading a promising debut in this genre. Legal Crimes is one such book. Telling the story of 16 year old runaway Fiona, Legal Crimes entwines multiple timelines as we follow her life as a runaway, and explore the events leading to her decision, along with the histories of the new friends she meets along the way.
Legal Crimes has moments of beautiful writing that hint at the talent this young author has. It covers a number of difficult themes from drug use to loss and grief, and Samiksha handles each of these thoughtfully and with a sense of maturity that really surprised me.
To publish a book at any age is an fantastic achievement, but to do so at just thirteen years old really is something to be proud of. There are times when the author’s age does show in the writing, but her innate talent is clear, and everything else will come with maturity and practice. I expect we will see great things from Samiksha Bhattacharjee in the future and I look forward to reading them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Samiksha Bhattacharjee is a thirteen-year-old British author living with her parents and younger brother. She started writing ‘Legal Crime’ when she was seven, and hopes to inspire other children to start creative writing too. She also enjoys acting, singing, drawing and talking (a lot).
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part in this tour.